This is for combined January 11 & 12. Caught up on my readings! Ah, I am sorry. I missed a day.
Here I am!
I love hearing these words. Every time I read it in the bible, I am in awe of the people who have spoken these same words when God called them.
In Genesis 22, Abraham answers God’s call to him. Little did he know that what was to come was one of the greatest sacrifices he would ever do for God– to give up the most precious thing to him, his son.
After reading this, I am reminded of the last readings. “Don’t look back, don’t stop.”
Now God is saying… it’s time to give up that one thing that’s holding you back from fully seeking Me. What is it? What is your Isaac?
I have given up a lot to follow Christ. Certain friends, certain past relationships, certain hobbies. Regardless of how many other things you give up, there will always come a time that we have to remind ourselves of this again– What is the cost of being a disciple of Christ?
Sometimes bondages will come up, other things that entangle us, and keep us from doing what we’re supposed to. Even good things can entangle us from what we’re supposed to be doing. One of the things that helped me separate this is this verse:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12
Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Sometimes, we do things that are good, but not quite what God asked of us. I said this before in an email, but it’s kinda like if my mom would ask me to wash the dishes, and instead I vacuumed the carpet. Yes I did a good thing, but I didn’t exactly do what she asked of me. In a much bigger scope, sometimes we are like this in our relationship with Jesus…
Going on back to topic… what is it that’s hindering us? What are we treasuring more than we treasure God (and His word–the bible)?