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What if my family objects?

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2017 09:31AM CST
There is a dilemma that numerous people in history have faced when dealing with missions: What happens when God says “go,” but family says “no”? In Exodus 20:12, the Lord gives this command: “Honor your father and your mother.” On the other hand, in Matthew 10:37, Jesus says, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.” Again, in Luke 14:26, Jesus says, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple.” These words cannot be ignored. So how do you live between these two different commands? There is a way to respect your family and still follow God’s will over theirs. It is true that God wants us to honor our parents and love our friends, but He has also made it clear in His Word that this honor and love must not exceed our love and obedience to Him. There is also a difference between objecting vs. being uncomfortable, fearful, or uninformed. Consider it an opportunity to share your vision and passion and to educate about God’s call and protection.

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