From A Lamp Unto My Feet
by Elisabeth Elliot
Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24
To be transformed into the image of Christ I must begin to do the will of the Father in the same place where He began: He emptied Himself. There is for any serious disciple, quite simply, no other starting place. It is a matter of beginning today to say no to yourself–specifically, about something you’ve been insisting you must have, specifically about something you have been refusing. This is step one. You travel the road “toward Jerusalem” from there, gladly taking up the cross (which is step two: saying yes to God) and following, knowing where the road led Jesus. It did not–and don’t forget this!–end with a cross. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven.
His prayer for us is, “Father, I desire that these men who are thy gift to me, may be with me where I am” (Jn 17:24 NEB).