Friday, August 17, 2012

And so the Journey Begins

This week we put our house on the market. The first step on our journey to Omaha. I hate being on the selling end. It’s so stressful with children to have to constantly keep your home clean and neat for it’s prospective new owners. Makes you feel like the house is no longer yours.

We are comparing this move to the Parable of the Treasure in the Field found in Matthew 13:44. We see a greater value in attending the church in Omaha than we do in staying here. The treasure we see there makes it worth the hassle and costs of moving. We want to say with Paul in Phillipians 3:8 that all of our earthly gain is counted as loss in comparison to gaining Christ. We believe that we will gain more of Christ when we are hearing the word of truth preached and are surrounded by others who see Christ as gain too.

As with the man in the parable, we also have to give some things up in order to gain The Kingdom. We discovered when we met with our realtor that we may lose some money on the house when we sell. This is discouraging. We were hoping to at least break even. But again, we realize this loss won’t matter in a few years. It especially won’t matter at the end our lives. We trust that God will provide for our needs and make up for the loss we suffered. Maybe not monetarily, but we trust that this loss will turn out for our gain.

Is counting all things loss in order to gain Christ easy? Heck no! Nothing the Bible tells us to do is easy. In fact, it’s humanly impossible. That’s why we need Christ. We need to depend on Him constantly and remind ourselves of His promises throughout the whole day. Otherwise we will want to give up and take the easier route. The route that requires less toil. The route that doesn’t lead to Christ. I’m thankful that during this process of moving I have a God who has told me in his word that I can approach his throne of grace with confidence, that I might find grace and mercy in time of need(Hebrews 4:14-16).

My prayer is that our journey will be an encouragement to you to seek Christ as your greatest treasure. To see that he is worth counting all earthly treasures as loss in comparison to gaining Him. Let’s treasure Him together!

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