Tuesday, 28 June 2011
I remember during one of my poetry classes in my last year at college we had to interview our neighbor. My neighbor commented that the pattern he is noticing is that I like familiarity. How true is that.
This past weekend's sermon was about how Abraham was a hero. Our pastor challenged us to break out of our comfort zones, to get out of the familiar path. Noah did a great thing, but Abraham's task was even harder: to pick up his belongings and leave town, heading to a new place where he had no idea about, trusting in his faith that God will show him the way. Back then, it was common for people to stay home and not venture out into the unknown, to keep up with the family business. It was unheard of to pack up your things and just go. That made Abraham a hero.
God wants us to have a great life, not just a good one. Abraham could have kept things exactly as they were and led a good life, but he knew he had to obey Him and take the path that led to a great life instead. Both lives take you to heaven, but shouldn't you want to do what God is calling you to do? This is the life challenge set before us as we are all too comfortable with what is familiar.
God doesn't always ask us to do something hard, but when he does, we should listen and obey. This doesn't come easily, so instead of praying and waiting around for change, why not go for it?
Do you want a tiny waterfall or Niagara Falls?
What is it that God wants you to be obedient in? When in your life have you been obedient to the Lord, and what was the result of that?