Leaving Australia

ozIn just under 2 weeks the Warren family will board a one way flight to the UK.  In recent weeks we have been consumed by the task of cleaning out the house and packing the things that we are taking with us.  The amount of stuff that a 3 bedroom townhouse can hold is simply staggering.

We have also just finished a sort of east coast farewell tour, having just spent time in Brisbane and Sydney.

Life right now is whirl of strong emotions.  It’s quite the roller coaster.  Here are some scriptures that I am conscious of at the moment, some thoughts that are keeping me grounded:

and I (Jesus) assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.” Luke 18:29-30

When I stop to think about it we are making a significant sacrifice.  On numerous levels we are launching into the unknown.  Being a lawyer in Melbourne Australia is a pretty good life.  From an external point of view it offers you a great lifestyle.  One of the most “liveable” cities in the world, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, at the most peaceful and prosperous time in history.  That is pretty hard to improve on. Of course on top of that there is friends and family.  But of course one day Melbourne will be dust.  If I truly believe the bible, if I truly believe that the eternal is more important than anything else then the only thing that I should trying to accumulate is treasure in heaven.  Because this earth will pass away.  The verse I have quoted above makes clear that God rewards those who make a sacrifice for him.  He sees what we are doing and he rewards those who sacrifice for the kingdom.  Right now, that is a huge comfort.

Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations…” Matthew 28:19

Jesus last command is our first priority.  When we have out first baptism service at Northern Lights Church in Halifax I will be in a mood to party.  What a sensational occasion that will be – having travelled all that way in obedience to the Great Commission we will get to baptise someone.  I cannot wait for that day.

Sell your possessions and give to the poor.  Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail…” Luke 12:33

The more I read the bible the more it becomes so obvious that Jesus simply does not care about wealth. When I do the sums I sometimes think about the implications of leaving our jobs here in Melbourne, but this verse reminds me that Jesus simply doesn’t care.  He wants our hearts.  The things of this world will all pass away.  He tells us to seek first the kingdom and not to worry about the things that the rest of the planet is obsessed with.  So this verse, one of the most stark about possessions in the bible, is helping me focus 100% on the kingdom.

In 13 days we will be at Melbourne airport.  Bring it on!

John

 

 

7 Comments to “Leaving Australia”

  1. I have no way to contact you more privately so feel free to delete this when you get it.
    My blogging world has become too large and so I opened myself to discern what could be done. I was led to this, that the people who know you, and will know you, will be your support. I am just a stranger on the internet, and so my time has come to become less attached. I’m sure I will check in once in awhile, but I will leave the regular job of Godly care to others. I am honoured to have come to know you, and delighted to see you begin your ministry.
    Grace and Peace through our Lord Jesus Christ to you both.
    David

    • David my apologies for not replying sooner. We really appreciate your comments and input on our blog. They have been fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this season of our journey with us – grace and peace to you too. John

  2. While we did not leave our country, the pieces of your story sound so familiar. And the peace of following Jesus faithfully will carry you through. Nothing can replace doing the right thing for the Right Person. And as I have offered before I discern you are the right persons to do this right thing for Christ. May hope never fade.
    Peace

  3. Going to miss you guys big time. You’re both awesome!

  4. John and Catherine, I wish you all the best! You guys are making a huge sacrifice and a lot of christians wouldn’t do that these days. 

    I really admire your decision, especially to such a depressed country as England where people really need hope.

    I will pray for your safe journey to England, I have enjoyed reading your blog and how open and honest you have both been. 

    With Love, Jane Whitehead    Regards, Jane   m: 0402094234  

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    • Thank you for your encouragement Jane. I think of you fondly. Our season was brief but memorable. Blessings on you, Catherine xoxox

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