“And he (God) said unto him (Abram/Abraham), GET THEE OUT OF THY COUNTRY, AND FROM THY KINDRED, and come into the land which I shall shew thee (Acts 7:3).
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place … OBEYED, and he went out, NOT KNOWING WHITHER HE WENT” (Hebrews 11:8).
It wasn’t an easy decision for Abraham to make, and it won’t be an easy decision for you to make. Easy, NO! But the decision to leave father, family, friends, future ambitions, financial security, and everything that is familiar to you to journey with Jesus into unknown and unfamiliar lands (Hebrews 11:8) for Christ and the cause of Christ is always the right thing to do!
THERE’S A PLACE GOD WANTS TO SEND YOU AND A PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO COME!
Far too often we let fear – fear of the unknown, fear of loss, and a thousand other fears keep us from stepping out in faith. I am going to guess Abram and his wife had a fear or two when they CHOSE to heed the call of God for their life. As one author noted:
As believers, God has invited us into His purpose. We actually have the ability to live for something beyond ourselves; something global! Many times though, this potential is not realized in believers’ lives. Whatever the reason, be it lack of information, unwillingness to seek Him, or fear of what we must do when He reveals Himself, we seek instant gratification for our purpose craving, so we jump on the first opportunity that comes along. … It seems from Scripture, however, that God is challenging us to lay down our ambitions. Not simply to adjust them but to abandon our ambitions in exchange for His. In order for this great exchange to take place a few things have to happen. First, you must crucify your life to Him. Second, you have to know what His ambitions are. And third, you have to know practically how you are going to live out His goals. —- Claude Hickman, Live Life on Purpose
Following the call of Christ is a choice that we are all faced with. Easy? Absolutely not! Especially if He is calling you to leave it all. Leave your family, friends, future ambitions, financial security, and everything that is familiar to walk with him into lands unknown!
God’s call to Abraham was to be a “blessing unto the nations,” and so is yours and mine!
“I will not follow where the path may lead; but I will go where there is no path; and I will leave a trail.”
Just taking a few moments to reflect on the call of Abraham and the call on your life and mine!