The Liberty of Obedience
Elizabeth Elliot calls on us to examine more closely our own obedience to God, measuring it in terms of our experience of his freedom, grace, and love.
Paperback, 94 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Vine Books
(first published 1968)
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These thoughts from Mrs. Elliot were born while living among the Aucas. She found things were not so simple as they seemed and she also found that she had been mistaken on many "categories" in life and living. Things were not as she thought... Elisabeth calls on us to examine more closely our obedience to God, measuring it in terms of our experience of His freedom, grace and love. Contains 4 sections: What is meant by the appearance of evil?, All things are Yours, The highest form of service, an...more
One of my favorite writers. Elliot's wisdom and grace are fully displayed in this short work that offers genuine encouragement and instruction on how to grow in obedience to the Lord. She addresses and easily avoids legalism, and focuses on the joy seeking and relational aspects of attaining to obedience and holiness.
Some thoughts on Christian conduct and service. Brief articles written while Elisabeth lived among the Aucas for a year. Titles are: What is Meant by the Appearance of Evil? All things are Yours, The Highest Form of Service, & Maturity: The Power to Discern. This year of observation and enforced silence stripped her of everything but the barest of essentials and the simplest of truths.
Good old, good old meaty stuff for a Christian wanting to walk faithfully and humbly before God. Four or five short chapters on obedience in different areas of life. Excellent chapter on service, humility, and greatness in the Kingdom.
Small but insightful. This text pushed me to contemplate what I have accepted as Christian and challenged me to recognize the difference between obedience to God and cultural inclinations within Christianity.
From the Author's Web Site: My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials....moreMore about Elisabeth Elliot...
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“We may not say that we have the answers. Questions of how to conduct oneself as a Christian, or how to serve as a Christian, must be answered by life itself- the life of the individual in his direct responsible relationship to God. This is a dynamic, never a static thing. And how can we speak at all of the true meaning of conduct and service if we do not speak first and last of love? For it is love which sums up all other commands. The one who loves knows better than anyone else how to conduct himself, how to serve the one he loves. Love prescribes an answer in a given situation as no mere rule can do.”More quotes…