A Chance To Die

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  • **This week we continue our quarterly theme of Elisabeth Elliot’s Heroes of the Faith.

    To be transformed into the image of Christ, I must learn His character, love His obedience to the will of the Father, and begin, step-by-step, to walk the same pathway. For Christ the pathway of obedience began with emptying Himself. I must begin at the same place.

    [He] made Himself nothing (Phil. 2:7).

    You must arm yourselves with a temper of mind like his (1 Pet. 4:1).

    If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, he must leave self behind (Matt. 16:24).

    What does this mean? Is it mere words? How can one leave self behind, make himself nothing? The answer will not come in a vacuum. If a man or woman honestly wishes to be a follower, the opportunity will present itself. Christ will say, “Here is your chance. Now, in this situation, you must make your choice. Will it be self? Or will you choose Me?” An older missionary said something to Amy Carmichael when she was a young missionary that stayed with her for life. She had spoken of something that was not to her liking. His reply was, “See in it a chance to die.”

    **Excerpt originally published in A Lamp Unto My Feet, pp. 39-40.