Wednesday, June 27, 2012


On Monday I told you that God has been teaching me about letting go…

Today I want to share two more lessons that He's been teaching me.

Tougher lessons, perhaps.

The first is all about security.

What gives us security – at least in this world?

Money, possessions, good health, family, friends.  How we count on these things.  I know I sure have.

And yet, all of that has been well shaken up in the last several months.  In these last few days in my old home, I have been made acutely aware of how attached I am to the things that make me feel secure.

Especially familiar places, familiar faces.

It seems that the whole idea of security isn't really much of an issue, until you're forced to change.  Then the rubber meets the road…

And let me tell you, my rubber has met the road SO MANY TIMES in the last 45 days!

Abraham was asked to leave his homelandhis familiar places and familiar faces.  God issued him a challenge – but it was a challenge with a promise attached.

Abraham obeyed.

And in many ways, God's call to move up the mountain was a challenge to me.

"Sharon, are you going to obey?"

My answer has been yes – an anxious, tired yes this week – but still yes.

Because the truth of the matter is this – my security, my earthly and my eternal security – lies squarely in the character of God, and in His faithful promises.

The other lesson that He's been teaching me is that being a disciple comes at a cost.

God doesn't tend to make *suggestions* – He issues commands.

And we are wise to "count the cost" before we obey Him.

A faithful follower named Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a very important and influential book titled, "The Cost of Discipleship."  His thoughts:

"Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: "ye were bought at a price," and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God."

Jesus Himself was very, very honest about the cost of discipleship.

"'Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.''  
(Matthew 16:24, NIV)

"'And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.  But don't begin until you count the cost.'"  
(Luke 14:27-28)

The original twelve disciples left family and jobs and homes when they chose to follow Jesus.  They left relative security to obey Christ's call.  I want to be a follower, too.

So, the cost is this – leaving familiar places, familiar faces.

But oh the rewards that await me!

I lift my eyes up to the mountains
Where does my help come from
My help comes from You
Maker of heaven, creator of the earth

Oh how I need You Lord
You are my only hope
You are my only friend
So I will wait for You
To come and rescue me
Come and give me life...

Are you willing to count the cost and follow Jesus – even into an uncertain future?

Linked today with Joan at the GRACE CAFE

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. I noticed that Blogger has changed something again! They now put NO COMMENTS at the end of a post when no one has left a comment yet - instead of the 0 comments they used to put.

    I think it's very deceiving - because it makes it look like comments aren't being allowed.

    Trust me - I CHERISH your comments, and love to hear from you!


  2. Checking in with you, my friend - thinking about you in light of those fires and wondering if you are actually anywhere near them. Guess you have enough fires to be dealing with at the moment. May you continue to know the Lord's keeping hand as you work through the daily demands of your move. I know this place so well - being a veteran Navy wife - 18 moves in 20 years - across country here and there! God always went before me - and IS doing the same for you, too! You will know blessing on the other side of your things and familiar spaces - new familiars and cherished memories will become one. Looking forward to glory tales in the new thing He is doing in your life!

  3. What a journey it has been for you, Sharon, and what a testimony to your faithfulness in continuing to want to go where God wants you to be, even though it hasn't always been the more surefooted of journeys. I look forward to what he has you do when you get all settled in the mountains and the blessings he will bestow on you and yours :)


  4. Oh Sharon,

    These topics are ones we have been concentrating on very much at church recently. Only this week we had a bible study featuring the Matt and Luke scriptures you mention. God certainly is hammering the message home. I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment. Like you in the middle of moving home and being challenged on so much it seems. But God is Good and the promise of my salvation secured. For the rest I must look to Him and do my very best to "Trust and Obey" for as the hymn says, there is no other way.

    God Bless and Be with you on the mountain top - Hugs Nita

  5. OK, I had not noticed the comment change. Thanks for pointing that out.

    I. Do. Not. Like. Change.

    I don't like it in blog land or in any corner of Debbie Land. It's all about that security thing with me so your post hit home. Sameness and familiarity are strong securities for me, too.

    Vicariously experiencing this uphill road with you has been very enlightening to me about my own shortcomings. I hope you will indulge us with a view from the mountaintop when you get settled there.

  6. It is when change visits our doorstep that we realize whats really going on inside that old heart of ours. Its one thing to say you believe in something its quite another to walk it out. Change makes you see things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Praying he will continue to direct you and give you peace through this journey

  7. Security as Americans see care, retirement, savings, home, steady job...well that was all gone a couple of years ago...when there is nothing there to put your hands on that the world says provides security, then you realize you either believe or not....this one is standing on the rock, because there isn't any American security left...but His security never fails.

  8. Strong and powerful message! So glad I stopped by from The Grace Cafe today . . . you've reminded me how often I hear His words but don't listen to them as commands, but more certainly like suggestions. A habit I need to work on changing!


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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