65 Jim Elliot Quotes For Success In Life

Philip James Elliot was an American Christian missionary and one of five people killed during Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador. These Jim Elliot quotes will motivate you.

Best Jim Elliot Quotes

  1. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot
  2. “Rest in this – it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call… It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond.” ~ Jim Elliot
  3. “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.” ~ Jim Elliot
  4. “God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.” ~ Jim Elliot
  5. “The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable, and perfect.” ~ Jim Elliot
  6. “Live every day as if the Son of Man were at the door, and gear your thinking to the fleeting moment. Just how can it be redeemed? Walk as if the next step would carry you across the threshold of Heaven. Pray. That saint who advances on his knees never retreats.” ~ Jim Elliot
  7. “Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.” ~ Jim Elliot

  8. “He makes His ministers a flame of fire. Am I ignitible? God deliver me from the dread asbestos of ‘other things.’ Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame. But flame is transient, often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul – short life? … Make me thy fuel, Flame of God.” ~ Jim Elliot
  9. “Our young men are going into the professional fields because they don’t ‘feel called’ to the mission field. We don’t need a call; we need a kick in the pants. We must begin thinking in terms of ‘going out,’ and stop our weeping because ‘they won’t come in.’ Who wants to step into an igloo? The tombs themselves are not colder than the churches. May God send us forth.” ~ Jim Elliot
  10. “Lord, give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness.” ~ Jim Elliot
  11. “Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” ~ Jim Elliot
  12. “Wherever you are – be all there.” ~ Jim Elliot

  13. “Lord, make my way prosperous not that I achieve high station, but that my life be an exhibit to the value of knowing God.” ~ Jim Elliot
  14. “Always seek peace between your heart and God, but in this world, always be careful to remain ever-restless, never satisfied, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.” ~ Jim Elliot
  15. “Father, let me be weak that I might loose my clutch on everything temporal. My life, my reputation, my possessions, Lord, let me loose the tension of the grasping hand. Even, Father, would I lose the love of fondling. How often I have released a grasp only to retain what I prized by ‘harmless’ longing, the fondling touch. Rather, open my hand to received the nail of Calvary, as Christ’s was opened- that I, releasing all, might be released, unleashed from all that binds me now. He thought Heaven, yea, equality with God, not a thing to be clutched at. So let me release my grasp.” ~ Jim Elliot
  16. “It’s hard to steer a parked car.” ~ Jim Elliot

  17. “It makes me boil when I think of the power we profess and the utter impotency of our action. Believers who know one-tenth as much as we do are doing one-hundred times more for God, with His blessing and our criticism. Oh if I could write it, preach it, say it, paint it, anything at all, if only God’s power would become known among us.” ~ Jim Elliot
  18. “The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for.” ~ Jim Elliot Quotes
  19. “When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.” ~ Jim Elliot
  20. “If we are the sheep of His pasture, remember that sheep are headed for the altar.” ~ Jim Elliot
  21. “Children are arrows in a quiver, and they are to be trained as missionaries and shot at the Devil.” ~ Jim Elliot
  22. “That saint who advances on his knees never retreats.” ~ Jim Elliot

  23. “Father, take my life, yea, my blood if Thou wilt, and consume it with Thine enveloping fire. I would not save it, for it is not mine to save. Have it Lord, have it all. Pour out my life as an oblation for the world. Blood is only of value as it flows before Thine altar” ~ Jim Elliot
  24. “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” ~ Jim Elliot
  25. “Desire is the putting of my will into God’s concern. It’s not a passive, sitting back in your easy chair, folding your arms sort of thing, which says, ‘Well, I’m willing, if God would only give me a good swift kick and send me.’ That’s willingness all right. But God doesn’t want willingness, He wants will! He wants your will put behind those desires.” ~ Jim Elliot
  26. “Missionaries are very human folks, simply a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt somebody.” ~ Jim Elliot
  27. “I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.” ~ Jim Elliot

  28. “Eternity shall be at once a great eye-opener and a great mouth-shutter.” ~ Jim Elliot
  29. “Why do you need a voice when you have a verse?” ~ Jim Elliot
  30. “We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with…. Oh that God would make us dangerous!” ~ Jim Elliot
  31. “In my own experience I have found that the most extravagant dreams of boyhood have not surpassed the great experience of being in the Will of God, and I believe that nothing could be better. That is not to say that I do not want other things, and other ways of living, and other places to see, but in my right mind I know that my hopes and plans for myself could not be any better than He has arranged and fulfilled them. Thus may we all find it, and know the truth of the Word which says, He will be our guide even until death.” ~ Jim Elliot
  32. “Grieve not, then, if your sons seem to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly.” ~ Jim Elliot

  33. “What good are Greek, commentaries, insight, gift, and all the rest, if there is no heart for Christ?” ~ Jim Elliot
  34. “Ps 119:89-91: The settled Word in Heaven makes for a solid foundation on earth and a safe path for today.” ~ Jim Elliot
  35. “As your life is in His hands, so are the days of your life. But don’t let the sands of time get into the eye of your vision to reach those who sit in darkness. They simply must hear.” ~ Jim Elliot
  36. “He is no fool who parts with that which he cannot keep, when he is sure to be recompensed with that which he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot
  37. “Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because, having a Bible, they were bored with it – while these never heard of such a thing as writing.” ~ Jim Elliot
  38. “I couldn’t have asked for more than God in deliberate grace has surprised me with!” ~ Jim Elliot

  39. “God, I pray light these idle sticks of my life, and may I burn up for thee.” ~ Jim Elliot
  40. “I have prayed for new men, fiery, reckless men, possessed of uncontrollably youthful passion-these lit by the Spirit of God. I have prayed for new words, explosive, direct, simple words. I have prayed for new miracles. Explaining old miracles will not do. If God is to be known as the God who does wonders in heaven and earth, then God must produce for this generation. Lord, fill preachers and preaching with Thy power. How long dare we go on without tears, without moral passions, hatred and love? Not long, I pray, Lord Jesus, not long.” ~ Jim Elliot
  41. “Unwillingness to accept God’s ‘way of escape’ from temptation frightens me – what a rebel yet resides within.” ~ Jim Elliot
  42. “I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings. Remember that the shadow a thing casts often far exceeds the size of the thing itself (especially if the light be low on the horizon) and though some future fear may strut brave darkness as you approach, the thing itself will be but a speck when seen from beyond. Oh that He would restore us often with that ‘aspect from beyond,’ to see a thing as He sees it, to remember that He dealeth with us as with sons.” ~ Jim Elliot
  43. “Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!” ~ Jim Elliot

  44. “The sound of ‘gentle stillness’ after all the thunder and wind have passed will the ultimate Word from God.” ~ Jim Elliot
  45. “I have felt the impact of your prayer in these past weeks. I am certain now that nothing has had a more powerful influence on this life of mine than your prayers.” ~ Jim Elliot Quotes
  46. “Dreams are tawdry when compared with the leading of God, and not worthy of the aura of wonder we usually surround them with. God only doeth wonders. He does nothing else. His hand can work nothing less.” ~ Jim Elliot
  47. “God is still on His throne, we’re still on His ‘footstool,’ and there’s only a knee’s distance between!” ~ Jim Elliot

  48. “Rest in this-it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call, or whatever you want to call it. It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond, or what have you… The sound of ‘gentle stillness’ after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God.” ~ Jim Elliot Quotes
  49. “None of it gets to be ‘old stuff’, for it is Christ in print, the Living Word. We wouldn’t think of rising in the morning without a facewash, but we often neglect that purgative cleansing of the Word of the Lord. It wakes us up to our responsibility” ~ Jim Elliot
  50. “Surely those who know the great passionate heart of Jehovah must deny their own loves to share in the expression of His.” ~ Jim Elliot
  51. “Singleness, simplicity, is required of me. One treasure, a single eye, and a sole Master!” ~ Jim Elliot

  52. “I do not know how to make a man think seriously about sin and judgment, and must look to the work of the Holy Spirit for any hint of such a working.” ~ Jim Elliot
  53. “So many missionaries, intent on doing something, forget that His main work is to make something of them.” ~ Jim Elliot
  54. “The will of God is sweet tonight, altogether ‘good and acceptable and perfect.’ The considerate love of the Lord Jesus for us seems such a kind thing now. I know it has always been so, but somehow I didn’t see how wise it was when it didn’t seem kind… Remind me of this when I cannot regard His love as considerate some time.” ~ Jim Elliot
  55. “Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.” ~ Jim Elliot

  56. “God deliver me from the dread asbestos of “other things.” Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame.” ~ Jim Elliot
  57. “Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on Earth! I care not if I never raise my voice again for Him, if only I may love Him, please Him. Mayhap in mercy He shall give me a host of children that I may lead them through the vast star fields to explore His delicacies whose finger ends set them to burning. But if not, if only I may see Him, touch His garments, smile into His eyes – ah then, not stars nor children shall matter, only Himself.” ~ Jim Elliot Quotes
  58. “I many no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not.” ~ Jim Elliot
  59. “Be on guard, my soul, of complicating your environment so that you have neither time nor room for growth!” ~ Jim Elliot

  60. “Feast of Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr, the man who will not act until he knows all will never act at all.” ~ Jim Elliot
  61. “Eagles are very tolerant and very adaptable, but they have to get established first. When birds are setting up their breeding territory, they are the most susceptible to being discouraged.” ~ Jim Elliot
  62. “Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away.” ~ Jim Elliot
  63. “For my generation I must have the oracles of God in fresh terms.” ~ Jim Elliot
  64. “It is true that a fellow cannot ignore women – but he can think of them as he ought – as sisters, not as sparring partners.” ~ Jim Elliot
  65. “Birds are extremely valued as indicators of overall environmental health. If there’s a problem in a wild bird population, it’s indicative that something went wrong.” ~ Jim Elliot

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One thought on “65 Jim Elliot Quotes For Success In Life

  • Charlene

    Can you find and complete this Jim Elliot quote?
    “Have I an object here below that would divide my heart from Thee?
    That would divert it’s even flow, in answer to Your constancy. Oh, teach me quickly to return, and cause my heart of rest to learn”.

    I believe it’s from The Shadow of the Almighty by Elizabeth Elliot


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