Monday, May 16th, 2011
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)
In the Old Testament, a servant of the prophet Elisha dies--leaving the servant's wife and sons destitute. Which brings up a question: What happens to our family if we leave them to follow God's call? Even into the field of entertainment?
In the New Testament, Jesus left His mother to serve God. His #1 disciple, Peter, left his wife. In some of His tougher Words to hear, Jesus makes it painfully clear where our priorities must be:
'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). In other words, we can't love our family, nor even ourselves, more than Him.
Yet, why should we worry? God loves our family more than we do, and He is an exceeding, abundant God--a brilliant, multi-generational God. He sees the big picture that we cannot.
As evidence, the poor widow of Elisha's servant receives a miracle and becomes wealthy.
In Peter's case, Jesus visits his family; '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). Jesus reveals to us His attention to Peter's family.
The ultimate proof is recorded when Jesus 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).
God makes it clear that He takes better care of our families than we ever could. We're only human, and He is God. But here's the point: when we choose to serve Him, they get to join His household, too.
Therein, our family left behind is truly blessed. Our time away from them is only a minute. A perfect reunion awaits, and it's guaranteed by the only Guarantor Whose Word is law.