What Must I Forsake to Follow Christ?
What is it I must forsake to follow Christ?” a young person asks. “Get rid of everything in your wardrobe that is not white. Stop sleeping on a soft pillow. Sell your musical instruments. Don’t wear jewelry. You cannot, if you are sincere about obeying Christ, take warm baths.” Elizabeth Elliot comments on the above dialogue, “Does this answer sound absurd? It is the answer given in the most celebrated Christian schools of the second century! Is it possible that the rules that have been adopted by many twentieth-century; Christians will sound as absurd to earnest followers of Christ a few years hence?” (Adapted from Elizabeth Elliot, The Liberty of Obedience, Nashville, Abingdon, 1968).