March 29, 2014

Obedience isn't Cheap

A friend of mine sent me this verse a couple of weeks ago and I have been clinging to the promise in it ever since. {:If you are new to the blog, I am quitting my job and moving to Australia in July. You can read all about that here and here:} At the moment, I am surrounded by friends who: just had babies, are pregnant, are buying land and building their dream home, celebrating their 5+ year of marriage, and seeing years of hard work pay off as the climb the ladder of success in their careers. Then there's me: selling my house, quitting my career, still asking for a table of one, and voluntarily going broke to move to a foreign country where I know a total of no one. 

Obedience isn't cheap. When God desires to bless you in a big way, it is almost always preceded by an invitation to display radical obedience and  extreme faith. 

God gave me that invitation. {:I use the word invitation strategically, because God isn't a God that forces himself or His plan on anyone. He lays it out there, knowing it is always the better way and the better plan, but like a gentleman, he allows us to accept or decline his invitation. :} He asked me to give up my career, the 30 minute drive to my parents, Sunday afternoon lunches with the family, Saturday night date nights I have with my best friends, the luxury of having a car, and my sweet Gracie girl all to follow His call. A call that places me back in school on the other side of the planet. He asked all this of me, but His promises in this verse are true. I know that nothing I am about to give up will even compare to the promise he has for me on the other side of obedience.

I don't tell this story for applause or a sweet comment. I say all of this to encourage you. If God is asking something of you that is stretching you and growing you and causing you to flex your faith muscles it's because God has something on the other side of it that s going to bless your socks off! God longs to bless his children but he wants to know that you are faithful to him so that when he does indeed make good on his promise you will point all the credit back to HIM.

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  1. This is a great reminder! Love this!

  2. Thank you for this reminder! needed to hear it today! obedience isn't cheap.


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