How badly do you want to realize God’s best for your life? Are you willing to shun some of the relationships you have with others to do so? There are good relationships, and there are bad relationships. By bad relationships, I don’t mean the persons we share these with are necessarily bad. But they are a liability to our walk with God. Sometimes, we try to hold onto people that we know are taking away from our Christian journey.
The Lord said to Abraham, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gen. 12:1, NIV). “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great….” (verse 2). Leaving the family behind can be hard. It’s reasonable to assume that doing so was a challenge for Abraham. He had been living among his family for seventy-five years when God called him to leave. Imagine what would have happened if he had not obeyed God and left.
One reason Abraham’s family members were a liability to his journey with God is that they served other gods (see Joshua 24:2). Accordingly, some of the practices around the home were centered around these false gods. The divine mandate for Abraham to leave his country and his father’s house was a reflection of how serious a problem this was in the eyes of God.
Abraham obeyed God and followed Him. In turn, Abraham experienced God’s best for his life. Perhaps some of you reading this post feel or know you need to terminate a bad relationship or some bad relationships in your life. These may involve a colleague, the person you are dating, or even a fellow church member. Are you willing to hold onto bad relationships in your life at the expense of maximizing your experience with God?
We can’t become all God wants us to be if we spend excessive time with those who have no desire for God. Or if we remain in relationships that cause us to compromise our Christian convictions. God called Abraham to come out so he could bless him and make his name great. Perhaps you have heard the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit time and again telling you to do the same. Don’t allow bad relationships to keep you from experiencing God’s best for you.
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