Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, June 26th, 2021
Family Left Behind
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, 'Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.'
2 Kings 4:1 (NIV)
Within the action-packed Old Testament, a servant of the prophet Elisha dies, leaving his wife and sons destitute- which raises a missionary question:

What will happen to the people we love... if we leave them behind to follow God? Even to the fields of entertainment?

Jesus left His family to serve God. His top disciple, Peter, left his wife. In one of His most challenging Orders, Christ makes our priorities crystal clear:

'If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple' (Luke 14:26). Translation: We can't love our families (and certainly not ourselves) more than Him.

Follow-up question: Why should we worry? God loves our family more than we do. He's an exceeding, abundant Father, a multi-generational Father. He sees the long-range view hidden from us.

Evidence: The poor widow of Elisha's servant receives a miracle and becomes rich.

In Peter's case, Jesus visits his home; 'Simon's wife's mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her' (Luke 4:38-39).

The Lord Himself tends to our families.

The ultimate proof is recorded when the Son of God is dying on the Cross; He 'Saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by. He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son!' Then He said to the disciple, 'Behold, your mother!' From that hour the disciple took her into his own household' (John 19:26).

Here's the bottom line: God takes better care of our families than we ever could. Because we're only human, and He's God. Value-Added Bonus: when we serve Him, our loved ones receive insider treatment.

Therein, families left behind are blessed. Time away from them is just a minute. A wonderful reunion awaits us- guaranteed by the One Whose Word is Law.

## Family Left Behind

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Family Left Behind series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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