Do you ever think about the legacy that you leave behind, the impact that you have in the lives of the people of the nation in which you live? Would you like to leave a positive legacy that would not only impact your family but also your entire nation? Would you like to change the course of the history of your country? Many people, unfortunately, in our day and time do not think about these questions. Or if they do, they use a holy excuse like, “I am not anybody special, let someone else impact the world.” God is an extraordinary figure and He is in the business of taking ordinary people and using them to transform the world. The first example that comes to mind is an ordinary Jewish carpenter who turned the world as we knew it upside down. Then He took 12 ordinary Jewish men (many common fishermen) and turned an Empire on its head. I would like to write about Abraham, a simple herdsman, whom God used to carve out a holy nation from a world full of pagans. Abraham had an immediate impact in his family, relatives, country, and ultimately, the world. It was not because he had an influental position and used worldly tactics to climb to the top. In fact it is the exact opposite, He left everything that he knew, all of his “contacts” relatives, customs, etc. to go to a place that God would show him (he did not even know the destination). I would like to look at some key points in the life of Abraham. In order to save time and space, I will not paste all of the Scriptures here but I will give links to them so that you can read and see for yourself what the Word of God teaches about Abraham. The references are Genesis 12-15, 17-18, 22.
I. Abraham received a holy calling from God. The Bible says that God searches the earth looking for one person whose heart is fully dedicated to serving Him. God found that person in Abraham and therefore, extended a holy calling to him.
As you can see, Abraham was sensitive to the Word of God. He was available and heard the voice of the Lord. Abraham lived in a culture full of false gods yet he was open to hearing the voice of the One true God. God gives the command to Abraham before trying to sell him on the benefits. People who try to sell something to you, usually try to captivate you with the benefits first and then make the sell. God, on the other hand, makes the sell before giving the benefits. He wants you to be sold on Him and Him alone and not on the benefits. How many times do people try to sell a relationship with God to others by mesmerizing them with the benefits and blessings?
II. Abraham has a choice to make and God sweetens the pot by revealing a portion of the benefits of accepting the holy calling.
Accepeting God’s high and holy calling will cost you everything yet you will still be rewarded and benefit greatly from it. God is ready to use you to have an impact in your nation as well as be a blessing for the entire world. Your part is to step out in faith and obey His voice. Are you sensitive to the voice of God? Do you spend time daily in His Word so that He can reveal His high and holy calling for you? Are you ready to impact your family, nation, and world in a positive manner?
III. Answering God’s high and holy calling brings a guarantee of protection in your life. Abraham was about to leave all of his safety nets in this life (his family, friends, contacts, etc) and go into a foreign land with different customs so naturally, he would have to depend totally upon God. God wants to get us out of our comfort zones so that we learn to trust in Him alone and totally depend upon His mercy and provision. Are you ready to leave your comfort zone? Do you know that God will protect you? Here is what He says:
IV. Success depends upon immediate and complete obedience to the Word of the Lord. Abraham did not think twice. In fact, it seems that he shares the news with his family and servants and then gets up and goes. As we will see in a later study, immediate obedience to God is a way of life for Abraham.
Is immediate obedience to God a way of life for you? Or, are you a person who likes to use holy excuses to keep from answering God’s high and holy calling. Abraham could have used a plethora of excuses here; 1) I am too old 2) I have family and friends 3) I do not know the culture 4) I do not know where we are going 5) There is a famine (we will see that later) etc. These would have all been legitimate excuses yet he uses none of them. What excuses do you hide behind?
If you want to be like Abraham then you must be sensitive to the Word of God, ready to leave it all to answer the call, ready to depend solely upon God, and ready to obey immediately. Are you ready? Next time we will concentrate on how Abraham’s relationship with God directly influences his relationships with others. This is the key to successfully impacting the world, one person at a time.