Sacrifices for the truth

We all like to be comfortable. As the saying goes, nobody wants change except for a baby with a wet diaper. Even if we don’t like our life situation, inertia keeps us static, pushing off the problem, hoping that it will get better.

But sometimes you just gotta make a change. Sometimes your environment has gotten so toxic that you fear harm to your family or to your soul. Sometimes you have to sacrifice some personal comfort or convenience or tradition to get yourself and your family closer to God.

Like the Levites who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel did when they saw that the new king, Jeroboam, was setting up a heathen and pagan state religion in their land: “The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam [king of Israel] and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD when he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made. Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD (2 Chronicles 11:14-16).

Sometimes you need to change churches when you realize that your pastor or denomination is out of sync with what you know to be scriptural truth. Maybe you need to change schools when you feel that you can no longer trust the professors.

Let Scripture and your conscience be your guides.

Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.

 

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