the price of obedience

Doing what God asks doesn’t usually result in a win-win situation for everyone involved (at least not as we understand it).

Think about the missionary who tells his elderly, sick parents that God is calling him to leave home to go to Africa for an indefinite period of time. How it must hurt them to see him go. They might curse him and think him an unfilial son. Others might look upon his actions and accuse him of being unloving, of not taking care of his parents, of forsaking them…

But God says, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37)

It’s not easy to follow God. We can’t measure the rightness or wrongness of a decision by its immediate, visible outcome. God doesn’t work like that. He sees the bigger picture.

What He asks you to do may result in negative feedback and responses from those around you – even your Christian brothers and sisters. Don’t take that to mean that you’ve heard wrongly. Jesus was always one to ruffle feathers. Oh, don’t blame them either, though. They mean well. None of us know perfectly the mind of Christ…

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3 thoughts on “the price of obedience

  1. hi doorkeeper!

    thanks for all your blog posts, they are very uplifting to read. thinking about the missionary who leaves his elderly parents… but what if, his parents are non-christian and his mission field is at home with his non-believing parents before they die since they are elderly and sick? then where is the line drawn for obedience and love? maybe the more loving thing was to stay and care for parents and go later? sometimes I think its not as certain a situation as this. the good christian witness and being loving to one’s neighbour, is also part of obedience to God, yeah? and acting like that in this situation might not be being a good ‘light to the world’. i think its a fine line.

    • hi stranger,

      thanks for your comment! I think the point I was trying to make is that what God asks us to do sometimes offends our human sensibilities. I can’t say what the right thing to do in the situation you raise would be simply because we don’t identify God’s plan from circumstances. We’ve gotta ask Him. So if He says stay, but I want to go to Africa, the right thing to do would be, of course, to stay. But it’s equally likely that He asks me to go, and if that’s the case, then I must go, leaving my parents in His hands. the key here is that it’s gotta be God who defines our mission field, not us. And whatever He says, we obey.

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