Ordering Our Lives God's Way and Leaving the Familiar
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23)
God calls us to live ordered lives, but we may be ordered in what we do and not the way we do it. Here’s what I mean by that...
When we eat, we may be ordered in how we set the table, wash the dishes, or in seeing that we’re getting our three meals a day. But we may not be ordered in the way we do it. We may use plastic takeout or styrofoam containers. We may be eating too much meat. We may be consuming food that is far too processed. Even though we may be ordered in what we do, we’re not ordered in the way we do it.
So then, what is the way? Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). Jesus’ way is also true and life-giving. It may involve a radical departure from that which we’ve become familiar.
Remember when God called Abraham? “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
Just so we get the point of how radical Abraham’s departure is, God mentions three aspects of what Abraham needs to leave--his country, his kindred, and his father's house. If you’ve traveled abroad, you may have noticed how defined we are by our country, our culture, and our family customs. If we never leave them, we assume what we’re doing is normal and right and good. But just like Abraham, we can’t receive the blessing until we leave the comfort of our home.
What is God calling you to depart from? What in your country, culture, or family makes it so difficult to leave your familiar way of living to experience a new way? That which the world says is normal and right and good, may need to get left behind in order to do things God’s way and receive the blessings that accompany the new life that comes with following Jesus.