As we listen to the fellowship on migration and consider whether or not the Lord might want to send us, questions often arise within us. Where will we live? What kind of job will we have? How will migrating to a new place alter our standard of living?
In chapter 12 of The Kingdom, Brother Witness Lee offers enlightening fellowship on migration and our standard of living. He writes:
God’s intention is for us to earn a living, but Satan’s subtle design is to choke the growth of Christ within us. If we know the Lord’s way, we will be happy to lower our standard of living rather than trying to lift it. We will continually encounter the temptation of raising our standard of living, of wanting better cars and bigger houses. It is an endless cycle of slavery. Satan wants to make us slaves to the standard of living. He will entice us to work harder and longer to make more money and then to occupy more time to spend the money. It is much wiser to simplify our living. This will save us considerable time. There is no need for us to work so hard and to occupy so much time in spending money. The care of this age is really a snare. Do not be trapped by it. Many Christians have fallen into this snare and have been trapped by the anxiety of this age.
On the contrary, many brothers and sisters have been willing to lower their standard of living for the sake of migration. They have sacrificed their standard of living, and this afforded them a way to migrate to various places. It is not an easy matter to migrate from one city to another. We are the real Hebrews, pilgrims on the earth. We are not settlers or dwellers. If the Lord allows, we will continue to take many more cities by the way of migration. However, if we are always trying to raise our standard of living, we are through with migration. As long as we have food, drink, and clothing, that is sufficient. We are not here for our standard of living; we live on this earth for the Lord’s recovery. (The Kingdom, Ch. 12, Section 1)
Since we all struggle with issues related to our living, it would be great if we could use this post as an opportunity for mutual fellowship. What have we learned about trusting and experiencing the Lord in this matter? For those who have migrated, what has your experience been?
May the Lord grant us the experiences that we need to make us willing to follow Him wherever He would lead us.