First, I'm honored to be part of the church staff blogging during our journey this year through the Bible in 365 days. I'm excited for our church family, for my own family, and for my personal relationship with Christ that will be strengthened as we all encourage each other, learn together and keep this task accountable. Do me a favor and pray that I remain hungry this year. That this does not develop into another "to-do" task to knock out during the day, but the excitement of discovery remains as strong as in these first days and weeks. I'll do the same for you! Day 5 finds us exploring Abram and his early life of faith. It's the second full account of a life dedicated to serving God the Father, after Noah, that we read in Genesis. While there are many followers who are mentioned (Adam, Abel, Seth, Enoch, etc.), there is considerable time spent exploring the account of Abram's life. And we learn a lot about what faith in God looks like.
It begins with a call, doesn't it? And more often than not, that call requires some sacrifice and trust on our part. In Abram's situation, it was to move his entire tribe 300 miles to a land of which he knew very little about. Now, that's a call. And Abram obeyed, not knowing what was ahead. He simply had God's promises, which are identical to the ones He gives each and every one of us if we dedicate a life to listening to His will.
"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."
This week, I'm stepping out on a few limbs. Not only have I agreed to write a blog with a team of pastors who I admire and encourage me on a regular basis, but I'm also preparing to speak on Sunday, something I rarely do. I'm battling a few mounds of inadequacy, even as I type this. But I know God has called me to step out of my comfort zones in these areas. And so out I go. Into the unknown. Into the wilderness. Obeying the call, feeling a bit unequipped, but knowing God will speak to His people. Even if it's through an unprepared vessel like myself. And like Abram, I go as the Lord has told me.
I never want to quit answering the call of God. During the past decade, I've continued to be humbled at the journeys God has taken me on. And if I had not been obedient to His call, if I had not trusted in His timing, I shudder to think of the things I would have missed and the Kingdom building opportunities that I have been a part of.
What is God calling you to do? And have you allowed the "that's crazy" voice to mute the "onward soldier" that God has installed in you? Let's march forward together, with God's promises and make some great nations together!