by Mihaela Indries
Why are you moving to Romania? What did you find there? What will you do there? These are just some of the questions that I am being asked almost on a daily basis by people all around me. After several months of explaining myself, I found myself giving a short, ‘Well I like it there. Time for me to change up my life.’ However, the more I was saying that the less I believed it. Anxiety started creeping in, and thoughts of failure started to take over slowly. I started thinking about all the things I was ‘loosing’ and all the comforts I will be giving up and that made me a little uneasy.
Then one day as I was sitting around the house thinking yet again about my move I read something that made everything click together in a way that it never did before. I found out that friendship with Jesus is costly, simply by reading a small article by none other than Richard Wurmbrand. He uses the parable of Jesus ordering the demons to leave a possessed man and they entered the herd of swine. As the swine ran straight into the sea and drowned, the owner and his whole family now had lost their means of living. So the question was, how would I react to Jesus entering my life if that meant I would loose my house, car, bank account or job? The answer is found within each person, but also in the bible. Phil 3:8 “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
So what I am trying to convey, is that I am ready to have an authentic friendship with Jesus. This means leaving my job, my car, my possession and stepping out in faith. We know that faith alone saves; however saving faith is never alone. It usually is accompanied with great sacrifices for Christ’s sake. Yes, not everyone is called to leave and move to another country, but Christ still asks that we sacrifice of ourselves in one way or another. Are you ready to make some small sacrifices in your life? That might be giving up a cup of Starbucks a week so that you might help finance projects like Soar Romania; might be giving up on that extra pair of shoes you really ‘need’ this month; or it might be even something as extreme as downsizing your car or house. I ask that you pray fully consider the voice of Christ. It will not be a loud voice yelling just to overpower all those other influences in your life, but it will rather be like the quiet whisper in the early morning when nature is still waking up.
May God bless each and every one of you reading this, and may His graces abound in your life. Be blessed and become a blessing.