Have you ever had to move away from your family or friends? If you have, you understand how that can be hard because you are moving away from the people who you are comfortable with. My husband and I have had our fair share of moving, and I can say that it is a process that brings mixed emotions. It is exciting because it is full of new opportunities and experiences; however, it is heartbreaking to leave the people you love. The last time we moved, I was also dreading knowing that those first few months would be a little lonely. God had called my husband to a new church which meant that we would be instantly becoming part of another Christian community. We wouldn't have to find a church home because that was the whole reason we were moving, but even with the instant infusion into a new community you still don't instantly make close friendships. That always takes time. Over the next several days, we will be looking at Abraham's life, where we will see how he chose to believe God's promises even though they may have seemed unimaginable and how he chose to follow God's direction. Please read Genesis 12:1-9.
On Friday last week, I looked briefly at Abraham's family and how he was a direct descendant of Noah. In fact, by the time Abraham was born there were probably enough people living from Seth's line to make a small city. There are many more people who were born that were not mentioned in the Bible. Consider the fact that when God called Abraham to leave his family, He was calling Abraham to leave his identity. His community was his family and God was telling him to leave it and to go to an unknown land that God would show him. But the story doesn't end there because Abraham chose to believe God's promises and follow Him. When you consider how hard it would be for you to leave your family or the friends you love, this seems extreme doesn't it?
But Jesus told us something very similar when He encountered a rich man who wanted know how to inherit eternal life. Last week, I explored the truth that when we believe and choose to follow Christ, we become a part of God's family. We have the promise and hope of eternal life. Jesus answered the rich man with a radical idea of letting go of everything and follow Him. Then Jesus told His disciples in Luke 18:29-30, "'Yes,' Jesus replied, 'and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.'" I am not saying that God is going to tell everyone that they have to move, but how willing are we to let go of things we hold dear in order to follow Him completely? Are we willing to do whatever it takes to follow Jesus?
What do you cling to that God is asking to you to give to Him so you can follow Him completely?
This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty and Monday Musings.