I thought I would jump and share my reflection from my Bible study this morning. The Lord seems to be drawing me to the Muslim people, and yet before I try to share Christ with them, I want to grasp the gravity of the situation they find themselves in when they entertain such a thought as Christ really being our Savior. Today’s devotion certainly has given me something to think about.
Joseph Loses His Cloak to Cling to God
How much do you value your relationship with God? Are you willing to give up everything for Jesus? Nicky Gumbel tells a story about a young man named Raj, who, at the age of 23, encountered Jesus and gave up everything to follow him. He allowed his family to give a funeral service in his name. He was dead to them because he was unwilling to give up Jesus.
Raj went from being a member in a wealthy family, with a kings inheritance, to losing his family, his home, and that inheritance. From fortress to starving. From sheltered with a bed to lay down his head, to walking all day and sleeping in parks at night.
We in the West, struggle to have an understanding of what it costs people in the East to call Jesus their Lord and Savior. We take for granted, our freedom to choose our religions, where others pay daily with their lives in order to keep theirs. We misunderstand the cost a Muslim pays to leave Islam when they find Christ.
In today’s devotion I was reading about Joseph and Potiphar’s wife and reflected on the relationship that Joseph had with the Lord. How he must have treasured the love of his Heavenly Father.
“Come to bed with me!” came the seductive plea of Potiphar’s wife, and yet Joseph held onto his integrity and told her that he would not do such a wicked thing as to break his master’s trust and sin against God! (Gen 39:6-10) In a moment of desperation, Joseph, leaving his cloak in the hands of Potiphar’s wife, ran from temptation. (Gen 39)
The only possession Joseph had after being sold into slavery, I imagine, was this cloak; the coat of many colours given to him by his father. The one link that he had to what was once his identity. Within a split second, his last tie to his true identity was stripped from him, and without looking back, he let go of all that was materially valuable to him and held fast to the hand of God.
When you reflect on your own life, can you relate to the price Raj and Joseph have paid to honour and hold fast to God? If you cannot, can you imagine being willing to pay the price these individual’s have paid?
Lord, help me to surrender all for you in my life. May your Son, be the treasure that I cling to above all things.