• Heidi J. Smith

Lord, Not My House Too

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"We should sell our house," my husband said matter-of-factly, as he checked items off of our deputation to-do list.

"Oh, no. I want to rent it," I pleaded. "Haven't we got rid of enough of our stuff?"

"Well, let's pray about it. It might be a distraction as we serve In Africa," my husband cautioned.

I nodded, but my mind screamed, No! Lord, I'm moving halfway around the world, leaving my family, and selling my things. Surely, you will let me keep my house. Haven't I sacrificed enough?

That week during our family devotions we read about Elisha's call to ministry. Elisha obeyed, but he first slaughtered the oxen (I Kings 19:21). That symbolized removing any distraction in serving the Lord.

That thought penetrated my heart. I was following God, but only half-heartedly because I still wanted my comforts. And God wanted ALL of me. Did I trust that God’s way was better than what I thought fulfilled me?

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Romans 12:1 NIV

True surrender requires sacrifice. A complete yielding of myself to God for his purpose and believing that His way is always the best. Since God gave up his life for me, it is the least I can do.

As a living sacrifice, I have a choice. I can pursue my agenda, or willingly offer myself to God. I must give God my entire heart, not just pieces of it. It is a daily decision to worship God by laying down my desires and replacing them with God's desires.

Just like Elisha willingly gave God all of his heart, that is what I needed to do.

My husband and I prayed about selling our house. A few weeks later out-of-the-blue, a lady knocked on our front door and asked if she could look at our house. (There was no For Sale sign in the yard and we hadn't contacted any realtor yet.). After touring our house, she gave us an offer on the spot.

Giving up my house was like Elisha slaughtering his oxen.

As we serve God, are there some "oxen" that need slaughtered in our lives? It is hard, but serving God is always worth it. May we say, “Lord, take all of us and use us for your glory.”

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