“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God’s call is always to the individual. And when He calls, He speaks specifically to the issues that separate us from Him – because He loves us. In the case of Abram, the Lord called him to depart from the ties of nation and family, unto a land where nothing would be familiar. The Lord desires our devotion and focus. He will ask us to trust and move toward Him, away from those things that bind us this world, which is perishing. God calls us to step towards life – to experience a fruitful, joyful life with Him. “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” John 10:10.
God’s greatest work, His love is that of reconciliation. Everything He does is focused on re-unification – Oneness with Him. He will do whatever is necessary to get us alone to speak the words we need to be healed. Our response is and always will be a choice but God will not walk away. He will not fail but rather “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things,” 1 Corinthians 13:7.
His love, His passion cannot be denied. And cannot be ignored. He will stop nothing short of sacrificing Himself for us. This earnestness, the sincerity of His heart is seen in the life of His Son. And the Father’s love is only matched in intensity with that of Christ’s devotion to us.
In John 17, we see and hear Jesus praying just before His arrest and eventual crucifixtion. This is not the only recorded prayer of Jesus but it stands alone in fervor and feeling for those who were with Him and those who would believe because of their witness.
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also who shall believe in Me through their word, that they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them, that they may be one, even as We are one,” John 17:20 – 22.
The Lord loves us in a way that challenges our very ideas of reality. Beyond the passion of His devotion, His waiting for and on us, transcends time itself. When the Lord called Abram, twenty generations had passed since Adam. The Lord is patient and has a plan for each of His children. God looked down the portal of time and saw Abram and said, “Yes in him, I will have a man of faith through which I can bless others.”
God’s call is first to the individual and secondly to yoke ourselves with Him, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls,” Mathew 11:29. God’s gentleness and condescension to work in and through His creatures should humble us.
Thirdly, God’s call is to touch and bless others. Our lives are not meant to be lived in either seclusion or simply for ourselves.
God Himself sacrificed and walked this earth to seek and save and to serve. His life surrendered to the Father frees us from the bondage of the enemy, (“…and with His stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:5). Christ’s power lies in revelation – shedding light in the dark. He is the light of the world and it is the life of men (John 1:4-5). The dark may not comprehend – meaning it cannot stand in the light of the Truth of God, which is love or other-centered living. Christ was sinless, because He was selfless.
To live for one’s self is perhaps the loneliest place to reside – empty, hallow and futile. It is also death. For the wages of sin is death. Pride, selfishness, and greed are common roads all leading to the grave. Everyone who saves their life will lose it. Live for yourself and you will lose everything. Give yourself, and you gain the gift of God which is Christ, Himself dwelling in you – the Hope of Glory.
God calls us to have faith in what He will do. “And I will make of thee a great nation and I will bless thee and make thy name great and thou shalt be a blessing,” Genesis 12:2.
Notice there are no conditions placed – except the one to believe. Abram, nor ourselves do anything first. God does. He moves, He loves, He calls – because He is King and this is His world and we are His children.
God’s bigness can be overwhelming and if it were not demonstrated over and over again in His Word – the goodness of God, we could live in fear. But God wants us to know Him. “And this is life eternal: that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent,” John 17:3.
This is the primary reason why He permits storms to enter our lives – so He can show us:
- His ability
- His faithfulness
- His mercy
- His perfection/Holiness
- His love
All by which He gains our absolute trust and obedience. We can follow His lead because He knows the way.
Lastly, when God called Abram, he was 75 years old. Not a young man. A mature adult, nearing the later part of his life. Nevertheless, God called.
God’s call is not in our time. He decides when, and of course, He knows best because He knows His children. God is long-suffering, not desiring any to be lost. He wants us to succeed – to be victorious. So He waits – perfectly navigating the fickle heart of man.
God’s call is no small thing. Note carefully the passage in Genesis 12:3. Two paths are shown. Two possible outcomes – blessings or curses. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God’s generosity allows us the privilege to choose. Who will you serve?