READY TO GO
TheLord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s householdto the landI will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Genesis 12:1-4
One of the greatest struggles we have is knowing when we are ready to go. And I don’t mean when we are ready to leave, but when we are ready to get started. There are so many things that we have in our lives that hold us back, but the truth is we have to be ready to go whenever God calls us. And I will be honest that there have been days when I honestly said to God, I don’t know if I can make it today. But the truth is I realize that no is really not an option. God, just like with Jonah, will continue to pursue us and help us to see the purposeful call for our lives. I have seen many people trying to walk away from God and they have literally been miserable. But when we are able to step into the fullness of God‘s calling a calmness comes over our lives and a joy fills our hearts. I fully love when our lives and God’s plan intersects and we are able to experience the full blessing of His providence.
It really takes an attitude of humility to be willing to step into God’s plan and leave everything else behind. I know that in my life I have had the opportunity to fully trust God and go into the mission field. Was it scary... yes. Was there plenty of uncertainty and days filled with isolation... yes. Were there moments of doubt and opportunities for satan to cause
me to rethink my decisions... yes. But every single time, God revealed His purpose. God was in every step, and God was able to show the blessing from living in obedience. I just ask all of us to answer this question, when God calls are we willing to pick up the phone or do we allow it to go to voicemail? As I am sitting at my desk this morning, I realize that God is still working in Weimar, Germany today which is over 4,135 miles away. It is not about us but about our willingness to follow God's call to GO. We have to be willing to answer the call in obedience and step out on faith that there is a purpose for God's plan. It truly is all about the attitude of humility and obedience that continues to lead us in following the amazing plan that God has laid before us.
As we look into today’s scripture, we see Abram receiving his call from God. Abram is able
to step out of his old life and step into God's call through obedience. I know that it is hard for any of us to think through the possibility of leaving it all behind, but reading God's promises and watching them come into reality is a humbling experience. I know that Abram had to be scared and wondered if he made the right decision... the same is true for all of us as well. I know that there are days the we continue to question if we are following our will or God's will, and the proof is always in the fruit that is produced. If the fruit leads everyone back to you or me... we are looking out for our will. If the fruit that is produced leads us to God.. then we are stepping out on faith and following God's call. God was literally stripping Abram all the way back down and beginning to rebuild Abram as a living altar for God that has lasted through generations. Everything that God promised has come to fruition, and the main reason is that God called Abram to go and in verse 4... Abram left and followed God's lead. He still made mistakes and still succumbed to human thoughts and faults, but he continued to return to God, and God used his legacy to build God's kingdom.
So our challenge for today is to really answer the question, "What do we do when God calls?" Are we willing to forsake the world and let go of ourselves so that God can use us as a vessel for His plan? That is always going to be the one question that I cannot answer for
you. I can only answer it for my life and my calling. We have all been given different talents and abilities, and my hope and prayer is that we are able to see and step out on faith to where God is calling us to go. Abram was promised that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and as many as the grains of sand by the ocean. It blows my mind that God is continuing to fulfill that promise even today through the Church. I know that Abram could have never have fathomed that he would play such an integral part of helping God to establish His kingdom, but it all started with one step of faith that has led to millions of people becoming Christ followers. I just hope and pray that my life could make just 1/1,000,000,000th of an impact that Abram's life did. I know that I falter and fail, but I hope and pray that I will daily take the step to GO and help others come to know God.