Through Gates of Splendor
I had heard of the book, “Through Gates of Splendor,” by Elisabeth Elliot, for many years before I finally read it. I finally purchased and read it because it seemed like a book that, as a good Christian, I was supposed to read.
Because I had heard about the book and the story of the missionaries so often, much of it was already familiar to me. Nonetheless, the book is a classic for a reason.
The story of the five men and their families who took the whole, “go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” thing literally is not just immensely touching and inspiring, but it is also an example of true discipleship. It is the testimony of a group of Christians who believed that their sole purpose was to glorify God by keeping Christ’s disciple making commandment. Denying self was not just a theory or something to read about, it was their way of life.
In a letter written on September 22, 1950, Ed McCully expressed to his friend about his desire to serve God. He wrote, “I have but one desire now —– to live a life of reckless abandon for the lord, putting all my energy and strength in it.” Along with the stories of these amazing missionaries, it is this quote that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It is an astonishingly bold statement, lived out in an astonishingly bold life.