Hopefully everyone has had a great weekend!
It has certainly been an amazing past week for our family. The new journey we have all begun is exhilarating.
I want to thank all of you who have prayed for my family, our church, and that God’s will would be done in all of our lives.
I chose as my first sermon to share as pastor of St. Mary’s one from Genesis 12. This passage is of course about good ol’ Abe.
Genesis 12 begins with God telling Abram he is to leave his home, his family, all that is familiar to him, to go to a place that God will show Abram. That had to be scary. Think about it, God telling you to leave all that you know, all that is comfortable to you, and still does not tell you exactly where you will be going. God does not say “Go to this specific place, these specific good things will happen to you.” God doesn’t give a detailed itinerary.
Many of us are extremely planned out people. We want the i’s dotted and t’s crossed in everything we do in life. No matter how big or small the event, we want it all specified.
Let’s just assume Abram was the same way. God says “I know this is your home, Ur, but I need you to leave.”
God promises Abram great things. Abram eventually gives in and leaves.
How many times do we not take the initial step of leaving because we are comfortable? Things are easy where we currently are. They are safe. They are simple. It’s routine. It’s the plan. Our plan…
How are you responding right now? God is calling you to go somewhere. To speak to someone. To do something. Are you not hearing Him because you are comfortable where you are right now and your plans are finally working out so you are tuning out the voice of God?
God is calling all of us. We must listen. We also cannot stop halfway like Abram. Abram got to Haran and stopped. There are certain places in our lives when, after we take the initial step of faith to follow what God has called us to do, we begin to rethink what we are doing. Abram perhaps got to Haran and thought, “what am I doing? Is this the right thing to do?” We have all been there.
What separates the people who experience the awesome things God has planned from those who don’t usually is determined at this point. The moment where you stop halfway and decide if you will turn around and go back to what’s comfortable, OR, keep going. Keep going to the land that God will show you. Keep going with God’s plan. Keep going with God’s will. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going.
It’s up to us. What do we really want? Are we satisfied with the ordinary? Are we ok being comfortable? Doing what we have always done, getting what we have always got? Or will be blast through Haran?
Let your journey be a new one every day. Every day ask God to show you where He wants you to be. Break out of the norm. Because if you do, God promises:
“I WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT NAME. I WILL BLESS YOU. I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU. IN YOU ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED!”