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12/17/2008

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What To Do When God Calls


"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" (Gen. 12:9).

There's an old saying that goes, "you can tell a lot about a person's character by what he rolls up when offered a job....his nose or his sleeves." My premise here is that believers can and should answer the call of God.

Firstly, we must perceive God's "offer." In verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 12, Abram is invited into a "new kingdom." In much the same way, God invites us to a new kingdom through Jesus Christ. To go to something more exciting, Abram had to leave his relatives. We may get a glimpse into the "personality" of God here. The same promises proffered to Abram in vs 1 and 2 are made to us. The greatness of being a Christian are wrapped up in those same glorious promises that God makes to us. I could stop here and we would all "get it," but there's more.

Secondly, Abram had to respond to the promise.(vs 4&5) To inherit this great kingdom he had to get out of his "comfort zone." He's dealing with some serious stuff here....family, friends, not to mention he's 75 years old...And there's the matter of his wife and nephew. We don't really know if Abram revealed God's promises to them, so they may have just gone along for the ride as imperfect believers.

Third comes the tough part. There are some thorns with the roses. There is the likelihood of some unfavorable circumstances. That not withstanding, Abram believed God's promise and showed it by building an alter. There was no turning back now! The altar was Abram's commitment and obedience to God. He had stepped out!

Finally, in verse 8 after walking in faith, Abram felt the need for "renewal," so he built another alter to God. In our lives after answering God's call, we also must continue to build alters of renewal. We do this as Abram did here by, "calling on the name of the Lord." Abram did it because he felt his dependence upon the Lord, just as we do. In verse 9 it says that Abram "journeyed on."

It is our call to exercise faithfulness in our everyday life as Abram did. As Abram continued his walk of faithfulness in his life, so are we to do each and every day. Each day brings with it new experiences and opportunities to serve the Lord and make ourselves useful in His Kingdom

Have a wonderful day.... Let you light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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