Obedience, it comes with a cost

When we choose to follow Christ there is a cost. It may not be very big in the beginning, but with time and trust to the Father, we find that little by little, our life is truly not our own. Why would anyone choose to follow and then placed in a situation of “do you love me?” by the Father that we love as well as fear?

In Henry Blackaby’s devotionals the past several days have pointed toward the cost of obedience. Just today, again, ‘Being where God wants you even at the cost of those around us.’

“Our difficulty is not that we don’t know God’s will. Our discomfort comes from the fact that we do know His will, but we do not want to do it!”

God did not ask Abraham to make such a significant sacrifice at the beginning of their relationship. This came more than thirty years after Abraham began walking with God.

But as you learn to trust Him more deeply, He will develop your character to match bigger tests, and with the greater test will come a greater love for God and knowledge of His ways. Are you ready for God’s next revelation?

http://www.blackaby.org/devarchive.asp

A friend on FB shares a story of being in a different country, a call from the Lord, and her emotional struggle of being away from her family as her grandfather is ill. What is life as a missionary in a foreign land, is similar to those who are called to do His work in their own backyard. People who are believers are usually more understanding, however they themselves may have not been called as you are – away from family and what others believe to be your first responsibility.

Our responsibility to our family and friends in this world – or are they only our responsibility. Where has God called you? Are you in a land that is where you believe God called you to be – only to find that the things you grew up believing to be your life, is no longer your to bare, but that the Lord will help you as you struggle with those challenges?

 

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