YOU’RE A MUMMY’S BOY!
The kids at school who didn’t go to
church often gave Jarad a bad time!
He tried not to care, but their taunts got under his skin at times.
“Yah, mummy’s boy! He goes to church and reads the Bible. Won’t swear or listen to cool stories about girls. Yah, he is a sissy girl himself.” A certain group of boys always picked on poor Jarad. He was sick of it. One day he went home really upset, and talked about it to his Dad:
“Dad, if you are a Christian everyone thinks you are a nerd! I want to be a tough man when I grow up, I reckon church and stuff like that is for women and girls. They’re weaker than us men, and they need God to look after them - I don’t. Only weak people need church and God.” Jarad had heard a bigger boy say that one day, and he hadn’t forgotten it.
His Dad only smiled and said he would tell him about Jim Elliot that night when he was in bed. So that night, in his bedroom, Dad told him the story of a young man who lived quite awhile ago, and his four friends. Those five young men were some of the smartest, bravest men that anyone knew. They were Americans. When Jim Elliot was going to college he knew that God was calling him to be a mission-ary, a person who goes to others and tells them about Jesus Christ and how He died for the world. The five young men studied very hard, and finally they were ready to go out into a very savage part of the jungles of Ecuador. The Indians there knew nothing at that time about white people, and they were real killers because they lived hard and frightening lives. After a lot of trouble and travel, and after a lot of effort had been put into learning how to approach the Indians, the young men finally set up a camp in the jungle and waited for the Indians to come.
How would they help them understand about Jesus and God’s love? The mission-aries set up a lovely sand tray, with figures of people, and a Cross to show what Jesus had done. They had seen an Indian or two before, who didn’t seem too unfriendly. Then finally, after a long wait, Indians came out of the jungle - but they were so afraid of the white men that they killed them all! Those brave Christian men had given their lives to try to help the Indians find Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. But the story doesn’t end there. Jim Elliot had a wife, and a little baby. Instead of hating the Indians, Elizabeth Elliot loved them because God loves them. She knew they had been acting out of fear! She found out that the Indians had been told by some frightened tribes people that the white men had come to the jungle to eat them! So Elizabeth went to those Indians in Ecuador herself, and she took her child with her. Do you know she won that tribe for Jesus Christ, and most of them were saved. And they loved her, and were so sorry they had not understood what the missionary men had wanted to do for them.
Jarad’s Dad finished the story, and
said, “It takes a brave strong man or woman, boy
or girl, to be a Christian, not a weak one. God Himself makes His people
strong and fills their hearts with courage.” Jarad was
ashamed then. Jim Elliot didn’t waste his life. He went straight to be
with the Lord Jesus in Heaven.
When Jim was only a college student he wrote this:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”
Can you see what he meant? We can’t keep all the things of this world, but we can keep forever the wonderful things God gives us.
“..., my brethren (brothers) be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Peter and John in the Bible were just
ordinary men, but they were brave and bold. They did wonderful
things for God, because they trusted Him.
This is what the Bible says about them:
“ Now when they [the people] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived [saw] that they were unlearned [not well educated] and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13).