After reading this devotion, my first thought went to a scripture that I felt was pretty harsh when I read it years ago: Luke 9:57-62. You can look it up, but the gist is, Jesus was calling some new followers, but one wants to bury his father first and the other wants to say goodbye to his family. The text doesn’t tell us why the potential followers felt so strongly about their families that they couldn’t commit their lives to Christ right then. Jesus’ response to let the dead bury their own dead and to not look back after you commit to him may seem tough, but Jesus had a vertical perspective while the followers had a horizontal one.
When Derek and Camryn were little, we attended my home church in Surprise. Twenty people were considered a good attendance with ½ of those being family members. While I knew our family needed to be in a growing church with a functioning youth program, my horizontal viewpoint kept us from making the tough decision to leave. Standing in front of that group was one of the hardest things we did. But after much prayer and consideration, God opened my eyes to the vertical commitment our family needed to make and our decision was met with love and understanding by our church family.
Placing our membership at Driftwood a year or two after attending was another tough choice. I somehow felt I was letting my family down by choosing membership in another community of believers. Again, after much prayer and thought, I realized that God had brought us to DCC and by choosing to be part of a loving, caring, encouraging, and bible following spiritual family, it did not diminish my heritage and faith that I had relied on to that point. While I still love my home church and family, I am so thankful we chose the vertical. What about you, is there something in your life keeping you horizontal?
Troy Thompson @ DCC