Week 1, Day 1
Abraham sent to be a blessing.
By: Andrew Bierbaum
Genesis 12:1-3 ESV
"Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
In these verses, Abraham is sent on a mission without knowing where he will go, what he will accomplish in his lifetime or the troubles he will encounter along the way. He also does not have a Bible to bring along as a guide on his journey as it would be another 400 years before his descendants lead by Moses would leave Egypt and the Ten Commandments recorded.
He is told to leave the relative safety of his country, kindred, and father's house to a land and future unknown. We do not read that Abraham possessed superhuman qualities or skills, but instead, it is recorded later in the story that Abraham's belief in the Lord (Genesis 15:6) and fear of God (Genesis 22:12) were commendable.
Belief in the Lord and fear of God are things that today's Christians can possess and use in both great and small works for the furtherment of the kingdom of God on Earth today. Also, we can be assured that we will face troubles and not always know the extent of our ministry or where our future will bring us just like Abraham's story.
Abraham is told that God’s blessing would be with him, and we can be assured that God is with us (Hebrews 13:5-6) in our lives.
Where have you been used by God outside of your comfort zone and where do you think God may use you in the future to be a blessing to the people around you?
The suffering of this present time is not comparable to the glory that will be revealed.
Where is your heart, my friends? Do you believe in Jesus? Are you a child of God? Did you repented of your sins and received the free gift of salvation that Christ has offered into your life? Can you sincerely say with all your heart, My Lord and my God? How is your fellowship with Jesus in your daily life? Are you fighting the good fight? Are you experiencing the unsearchable peace, joy, gladness, and satisfaction with Him and the assurance that one day you will dine with Him in heaven
Go into the world! Indeed, it is the greatest commission to a church, to a believer in Christ, to you and to me. But who is your world? Is it a church, a neighbor, a community, a loved one, a family, a co-worker, a friend? ...it is the greatest commission with a promise...He promises that He will be with us until the end of the age. Amen and amen!