The Ties That Bind

While it is wonderful to have family and friends who love and care for us, sometimes it is these very ties that bind us and keep us from pursuing the call of God. How many young men and women, in order to please the desire of their father or mother, have compromised their heavenly calling and pursued things God never intended for them. The Gospel of Luke records the following: Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:59-62).
Fulfilling the call of God has to take precedence over fulfilling family responsibilities. This is not a license to be irresponsible and neglect our families. Rather, it is the order of priority that matters. Our commitment to the Lord and His kingdom comes before every earthly relationship. “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26).

Are there relationships or friendships that are hindering us from pursuing the call of God? Perhaps we started out right, but unawares, Jesus has been assigned a lower priority than some other earthly relationship.

It’s time to get things in order!! We cannot forsake the call of God for the sake of earthly relationships.

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  1. Amen, brother! Over the last several years, I have seen a disturbing related trend: believers who are reluctant to share their faith with a good friend or family member because they are afraid of damaging, or even losing, the relationship. Imagine that! More concerned with keeping the relationship than seeing them in heaven one day?! May it never be!

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