And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
As my Devotional time began this morning with reading (Luke 9:23), the question came to mind, ‘As our relationship with Christ grows stronger, and we become more and more dedicated to Christ, will we experience separation?’ I have found that to be true.
For instance, may we look at what happened to Abraham? God called Abraham to leave his home and travel to another destination. God instructed Abraham to gather his family together (leaving their home) and head to an area that God had not disclosed. Abraham had to walk by faith, trusting in God to fulfill His promise to him. That is difficult for us to imagine. Likewise, as we come to know the Lord as our personal Savior and we walk by faith, it can cause us to be in a situation where we experience separation.
God may call us to be a missionary in a foreign country. God may even tell us to resign from our job and attend Bible College. The Holy Spirit might convict us of bad relationships we have with people and that the connections may have to come to an end. Following Jesus requires sacrifice, it requires taking up our crosses daily and following Him. It involves denying ourselves. Moreover, sometimes separation occurs because friends who were part of our old lives no longer want to be friends with us. After all, they find us no longer fun to be around by their standards.
Friends, people might tell us we are crazy – who gives up everything to go off into the unknown to serve God. We are all in good company, Abraham did, and he is known as a friend of God to this day. What is God calling you to do in faith today; what is holding you back? Do you know God well enough to trust Him? Would you pray with me?
Father, thank you that You are the only One that I can trust. No matter what happens, You will never leave me nor forsake me. Father, help me to be obedient to Your voice as You direct me. For it is in Your Precious Name, I ask. Amen.
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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