Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My brother Jonah

Have you ever read the Rich Young Ruler and asked yourself the question, "Would I be willing to sell everything if God asked me to?"  I have... and my answer hasn't necessarily been one that I'm proud of.  

It was pretty overwhelming when I received a phone call from my brother Jonah and he told me that he was going to resign as the High School Pastor at First Baptist Atlanta.  He went on to tell me that he and his wife Kathy were going to sell everything they owned because God had clearly called them to move to China to serve as English teachers at a private school for K-9th grade students.  Just this idea blew my mind because Jonah loves stuff.  He is 26 years old and he's been married over 4 years.  He owned a Lexus E350, an Acura TL and a Harley Davidson Roadster.  They lived in a Penthouse Apartment in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and had a pretty sweet setup...but God said "Go."  

Obedience is tough sometimes, but it's really tough when you're comfortable and content.  For me, Jonah's obedience has been an inspiration and it's compelled me to evaluate even the little things in my life and see if I'm doing exactly what God wants me to do or if my predetermined agendas are preventing me from experiencing His best.  I challenge you to do the same...as painful as it may be.

1 comment:

  1. Jordan,
    It is true - it is tough to sell the things that make one comfortable. I am reminded of a book "Don't Waste Your Life", by John Piper who effectively emphasizes how to remove the confusion when choosing personal satisfaction or following God...and truly, by following Him we are satisfied. Interestingly, our soul was created to live forever, and the only thing that will satisfy us deep inside is the Lord Jesus Christ. I am thankful for Jonah's testimony to us all of how to make much of Christ.