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TCH MINI-STUDY: 15
 
WE MAY HAVE TO FORSAKE HOME, FAMILY, AND MORE, WHEN GOD CALLS
 
When God calls, God may require us to forsake wife, brother, sister, father, mother, home, family, region, country, town, friends, and, yes, even our own lives. We will have to put Christ and His will first, and completely give up our own life and will. Biblical verses make this very plain.
 
Pertinent Verses:
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came (Gen 12:1-5).
 
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he [Jesus] saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets [and their home, wife, family, city, and jobs] and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he [Jesus] called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him (Matthew 4:18-22).
 
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he [Jesus] saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him (Matthew 9:9).
 
And as he [Saul, later renamed Paul] journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus (Acts 9:3-8).
 
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26-33).
 
Noah had to give up his life and build an ark (Genesis 6).
 
Abram had to forsake his life in Ur to become the father of a nation (Genesis 12:1-8).
 
Moses could not stay in the desert and deliver Israel from Egypt at the same time (Exodus 3).
 
David had to give up being a shepherd to become a king (1 Samual 16:1-13).
 
Amos gave up the sycamore trees to become a preacher in Irael (Amos 7:14-15).
 
Jonah had to leave his home to preach in Nineveh (Jonah Chapters 1-4).
 
Peter, Andrew, James, and John had to give up fishing and families to follow Christ (Matthew 4:18-22).
 
Matthew had to give up being a tax collector to follow Christ (Matthew 9:9).
 
Saul (later Paul) had to forsake his Judaism, prejudice, and hatred after he was called by God to preach the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 9:1-19).
 
Jesus had to give up His riches and became poor [in spirit, humble] so that those who believe on Him could become rich [towards God] (2 Corinthians 8:9).
 
Elisha had to give up his family and farm in order to follow the call of God (2 Kings chapters 2-13).
 
Ruth had to leave her mother, father, and land of her nativity (Ruth 2:11-12).
 
Conversely, the rich young ruler was offered faith and eternal life, but refused these because he loved his money, position, and power more (Luke 18:18-27).
 
 
Instructions of Christ:
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:31-34).
 
If any man come to me, and hate not [consider less than Christ and His will] his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26-33).
 
The cost is our own temporal life; the reward is eternal life with God: And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life (Matthew 19:29).
 


 
 
 
 
 
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