Our decision to follow hard after God brings about other decisions, later in life, that will be difficult to make. God presents us with a better quality of life, in terms of eternity, wherein He makes us an offer we simply cannot refuse. However, as we begin to see changes within ourselves over time, we also begin to notice changes in others as well. How do we reconcile the fact that not everyone is going to be in full support of the life changes that are brought about as a result of serving God?
Unless those with whom we are close have made a conscious decision to follow after God, it will, sometimes, be difficult to maintain those relationships. It does not mean that we are sever all ties with those whom have not chosen to live for God. One thing is for certain, our worldview and their worldview will become different as we continue “to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). There will also be times wherein our faith may be challenged as we begin to subscribe less to behaviors that we used to engage in previously. Those with whom we used to associate will not completely understand these life changes (1 Cor. 2:14).
God has called us to live lives that will honor Him. Sometimes it calls for us to lose some relationships. Sometimes it calls for us to lose things. The cost is great, but the rewards are priceless. What God gives to us in exchange for what we have surrendered to Him is far more valuable than anything this world has to offer. It is well worth the moments of difficulty we experience while we are here on earth. Why? Because, as Paul says,
“…our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
Upon the initial engagement of the situation, it may appear to be difficult; but, as time continues to move forward, we realize that it will be worth it all in the end…#thinkonthesethings
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