Who comes first?

 

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Joshua 1:10-18

 

 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people,

 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.'”

 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said,

 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’

 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them,

 until the LORD gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go.

 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses!

 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

 

Self-denial is required when following the Lord. Jesus said:

“…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. …”[Luke 14:26 KJV]

A hard requirement to leave loved ones for God’s work. This can be seen as a leaving of the heart and self. Whose voice and demands do we listen to? Is it the voice of family? Job? Anything other than the Holy Spirit? When God demands all of us it can be hard at times to leave natural affections for him. Is this to say we have no responsibility to our families, our jobs?   That is not what it says; we are to put God’s demands above our own and all others. Who comes first?

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