When our family moves, the government (military) movers come in and pack our whole house. In fact, in some cases, if you don’t have trash cans empty and clean they may even pack trash! They are that thorough.
As I have been hearing from the Lord in the past three weeks about moving “in Him,” I have been struck with the sense that I have been traveling too heavy. This seems like a given with moving 6 people over the period of a month; but what about moving on (pressing toward the goal) spiritually?
I realize that sometimes I am packing too much.
If I am to live and move in Christ as Acts 17:28 reminds me, then I need to bring only what Christ would have me bring for the journey.
Luke 5:1-11 is the account of Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, James and John. These fishermen were hard workers. They often labored much but even though they tried, they caught no fish. The day that Jesus met them was that kind of day. Fishing all day but catching no fish.
Jesus instructs the men to put back out to sea and to try again. The results for the fishermen were much different as they followed Jesus’ instructions. They caught so many fish that their nets began to break. They then realized that Jesus is special. He is someone worth following.
Verse 11 says,
So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. (NKJV)
They forsook all.
They followed Him.
Forsake means “to quit or leave entirely” or “to give up or renounce.”
They left everything.
Then they took their belief and put feet to their faith. They followed Him.
I know that when God calls me to move I must be willing to quit whatever I am doing and leave entirely to go where He directs.
This is not easy. Leaving entirely. Leaving my selfish desires, my prideful ways and wants.
In my marriage, this means leaving these desires and submitting to my husband, even as unto the Lord.
I am challenged as a wife (and a mother) to lighten up. As I live and move and have my being in Christ, I must lighten up.
How are you traveling lately? Does your load need to be lightened?
Come to Jesus and give it all up to Him. Allow Him to direct your paths in all situations.
I am ready to move, and am feeling a little lighter as I continue to follow the Master.
My husband notices; it changes the journey.
What are you waiting for? Lighten up!