9 March 2020 -Genesis 12:1-4a (NIV)

9 March 2020 -Genesis 12:1-4a (NIV)

Scripture

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“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.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

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

Reflection

The very first verse of this passage makes something very clear in regards to God’s calling upon someone’s life. One, it appears as if from thin air. Meaning it is not we who decides a person’s calling but God. It is not a path we set for any living person but God alone. Previous to this passage we know little about Abram as he is very much a normal person from a normal region named Chaldea, but God picks him out of the crowd and gives him a word that will change the course of history. Be encouraged because God has proven over and over again, it is not what the world thinks of someone that determines their calling or path, it is what God thinks of them.

And two, God sets apart Abram by telling him to “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” In this specific instance, God tells Abram to leave his country, his people and his family and go. It will not always be the case for many of us that God is calling us to go to a specific place different from where we started. But is very important to know that in all instances, upon hearing God’s call upon your life that He is calling you to be set apart from what previously defined you. Many times, what God asks of us to walk away from may not even be a bad thing, but it is a necessary act for us. This is probably what makes this act of faith one of the most difficult things a person often has to face in their walk with God. Though what He asks of us to leave behind is often difficult, have faith that what He is wanting to lead us into is something that is far better for us and more glorifying for Him.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

When challenges come we can so easily forget where our identity comes from. Today take time to pause and be reminded of God’s love for you.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.