Being a Christian and having family members who are in the world is a tricky situation. You love them and enjoy spending time with them, which sometimes makes it difficult to openly tell them the truth about their life choices.
What a sad situation! I openly share my faith with the world on this blog and on my YouTube channel and even on Instagram! But when it comes to my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins) I find it difficult to take a bold stand for Jesus. In fear of offending them or pushing them away, I have found that I have simply remained quiet and kept the truth from them. Which is devastating honestly.
How will I feel on Judgment Day knowing that souls were saved through my ministry but those souls did not include any of my family?
Now don’t get me wrong, they know that I am a Christian. But we seem to have come to this place of simply accepting each other’s differences in religion and faith in general. They live their life and I live mine. Yet we enjoy each others company at family gatherings.
Until I got married in 2020.
Because of the pandemic, wedding numbers had greatly reduced to only 10 persons (at the time) which meant that only my immediate family could be present physically. The others had to join in via zoom.
The thing is that my family is pretty closely knit, so the idea of not getting to be there for my wedding did not sit well with them. “Why don’t you wait till next year?” I was asked. But I knew what God was leading my husband and I to do and so for the first time……..I didnt care what my family members thought. I obeyed God (and I am glad I did!), which offended my extended family and many of them did not login to the zoom for my wedding.
Since then, things have been different. The cousins Whatsapp chat group isn’t as fun as it used to be and I have many times felt as if it was my fault.
But what if this is an opportunity?
Perhaps God wanted to put that rift so that I could finally see what I had been doing and make a change. Perhaps He wants me to take a stand and seek Him for guidance on how to minister to them about the truth about their sinful lives and where it will lead them in the end.
I don’t want any of them to die before accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour! It would be a heavy burden to bear if that ever happened. I want be able to rest knowing that at least I tried. I want them to know the truth about who God is and how much He loves them! And the truth about what His word says and His plans for them.
It is time to be a light in the darkness.
Have you ever found it difficult to be that light within your family even if it meant that they would hate you? How did you handle it?! I would really appreciate hearing your stories and words of encouragement.
Do have a blessed week and weekend! ❤