Making a Break

September 6, 2013

Making a Break

          In life there are times when we get a break.  There are also times when we need to make a break.  Getting a break means to be favored in some way.  To make a break demands a decision to make some decisive change or changes.

Making a break often requires imitative, courage, and sometimes sacrifices. It is something our nature tends to rebel against.  It would be easier to just stay on the old path.  It could be more comfortable and less demanding.  For that reason, by means of this article, we want to motivate those of you who see the need to make a break.

For teenagers there is a time for leaving home and going out on their own.  They make a break from being dependent on their parents and become self-supporting.

Every teenager and adult who accepts Christ as his Savior needs to make a break.  Some need to make more changes than others.  If you find yourself at that point, you need to make a break in your way of thinking.  Conversion itself is a breaking away from the thinking that I don’t need Christ.  It’s an acceptance of the truth that I’ll never be good enough to merit a place in heaven.  After that should come a breaking away from some things you were in the habit of doing because you now know   they are not pleasing to God.  Our love for God, and gratitude for what he has done for us, should give us a desire to please him.  Making a break becomes a hardship when friends and relatives don’t understand, and criticize you for the changes you are making.  This is where many stop short because making a break demands a greater sacrifice than they are willing to make.  You may lose some old friends, but you will make new friends if you start attending regularly a good Bible preaching church.

Part of making a break should include a change in the use of your time.  You will need to plan a time each day for reading your Bible and prayer.  That is essential for your Christian growth.  Many find that the time they spend watching television can be better spent in Bible reading and prayer.

For some Christians, making a break means leaving the church they were attending and going to one that is more biblically oriented.  For some that break comes immediately after their salvation.  For others, it comes after being members of a church for a number of years.  Unfortunately, many churches tend to deteriorate.  They lower their standards, and no longer preach and teach the whole council of God.   When that happens obedient Christians should seek the Lord’s will about what they should do.  Most often it’s impossible for one person or even one family to change the course a church is taking.  If you know of another church that is more biblically oriented and God honoring, you should pray about changing your membership to that church.  All of us must give account for our testimony to those around us.  In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Leaving a church is never easy.   The decision should only be made after much prayer and the certainty that God is in it. It may mean traveling a greater distance. It will mean the loss of old friends.  Some will criticize.  Only the most valiant are willing to make the break. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

In the Bible we read about some of Jesus disciples who chose to make a break.  In Luke 5:27-29 we read of Matthew.  “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.  And he left all, rose up, and followed him.    And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.” He left all and followed Jesus.  It’s almost certain that there were those who thought he was making an awful mistake leaving a lucrative income to follow Jesus.  We don’t know how he lived after that, but he succeeded and even wrote the book of Matthew to tell about Jesus.

Then in Matthew 4:18-22 we read about how Peter and his brother Andrew left their fishing business to follow Jesus.  “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.    And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.  And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.    And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”  James and John left also to follow Jesus.  Luke 5:10 tells us that they were partners with Peter.  They left the fishing business with their father.  This was not a “fly by night” decision.  They already knew Jesus and had faith in him.  When Jesus asked them to follow him, they didn’t hesitate.  We read of these men again in the Bible, but nothing more is said about how they made a living.

Making a break takes initiative.  It means that we have to make a decision and make changes.  There is a price to pay.  If you know it’s the right thing to do, then do it and suffer the consequences if need be.   Making a break should be done with eternal rewards in view.  Matthew 16:27 says, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”

 

 

 

 

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