We live in a transient society. People today move a lot, usually to pursue a job, a promotion, a dream, or a college education – in short, seeking better opportunities for themselves, their families and their futures. As a pastor, it is a two-edged sword. I love when people move to our area and become a part of our church; I can’t say that I enjoy it as much when people move away. Sometimes, it is obviously the will of God. Other times, it has resulted in families out of church and out of service to God.
Sometimes, people move from a bad situation to a better one. When my family packed up in Virginia Beach and moved to small town Weatherford, TX, (population 10,000 at the time), it was a good move. I believe God was in it. My whole family got saved there and I later met my wife there. There’s no doubt in my mind that God’s providence was behind our move. Sometimes, though, people move from a good situation to a bad one, and it’s usually because they don’t take some things into consideration.
When considering a move, most responsible people would consider the impact of that move upon their standard of living. If you were considering a job move to another State because of a pay increase of $10,000 a year, you would be wise to make sure that $10,000 would not disappear overnight through higher taxes or higher expenses. In Texas, for example, a man might make less in salary, and yet that salary might go much further because of the absence of State income tax, the greater affordability of housing, and lower overall costs. A house that costs $600,000 in some large cities might sell for $150,000 in many of the suburbs around Dallas. It would be foolish to move for a higher salary IF your standard of living is going to be less than where you are currently living.
A thoughtful person might also take into consideration the weather, the location, the schools, the benefits, etc. Someone used to warm, pleasant weather might not think a job was worth it if it involved moving to Alaska. Someone used to country living might not think it an improvement to move into the big city with all it’s traffic, noise and pollution. All of these things should enter into the decision.
But what about your spiritual standard of living? If you are a Christian, shouldn’t this be a top priority in your life? I am not saying that it is never God’s will for a Christian to move. Certainly, it could be. But have you even considered whether your spiritual standard of living might drop severely if you moved?
Is there a good, fundamental, Bible-preaching Baptist church in the area? Am I moving from a good church where my family is involved and growing spiritually to a place where we will either be out of church or in a church that does not reinforce our Biblical beliefs? Will moving keep me and my family from serving the Lord?
What monetary value can you place on being part of a happy church family where you are involved, serving, and growing in grace?
Before you move, do your spiritual research. Never assume that there will be a good church within a decent driving distance. Many times, people move into the Dallas area and are surprised to find that yes, we do have a lot of churches but, no, they’re not all doctrinally and practically sound. If you are serious about your faith, do some research. Look into churches. Check out their websites. Download sermons. Contact the pastors personally. Visit. Spend much time in prayer. Good churches are not a dime a dozen. They are like treasures – look hard until you find one and then hang on to it.
Thank you for reading. God bless.