A Blessed Move

God said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.” – Genesis 46:3

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One would think that Jacob would have been very excited to make the trip to Egypt once he learned that Joseph was indeed alive, but as it turns out, he was fearful. The exact reason is not given, but perhaps age, uncertainty, and roots in the land of promise were all factors in his trepidation. Of course, when the Almighty Himself promised that He would bless the move, Jacob made it.

My wife and I have moved a lot since devoting ourselves to God’s full-time service back in 1986. In 2009, as missionaries, we left our country and family to go to a strange place. It was not easy, but through the years we have learned that the greatest moves in this life are often not physical. While such displacements are hard, the most difficult move a person will ever make is to leave himself. Once that decision is made, other “moves” become possible.

Serving Christ may cause you to lose much, but the hardest thing to leave behind will be your own identity … your right to yourself. Yet, the sacrifice is worth it. The identity you gain is His … and He will indeed bless the “move.”

If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. – Jesus (Matthew 16:24-25)

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