By Rev. Michael Johnson
“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.”
When I was 6 six years old, my parents enrolled me into the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) Boarding School in Crystal, NM. It was my first time being away from home. I remember the feeling of being alone amongst strangers. While I did not cry, I did experience a time of loneliness. Thankfully, I was a hyper and interactive kid so finding likeminded boys was not a problem!
As I reflect back, the hardest part was going to the boarding school. For any child, attending school for the first time is difficult and in my case, it was even more so because of the parting from mom and dad. Nonetheless, my parents had a great plan for me that included: an education in a good community that upheld high standards in academics, sports, and community activities.
In comparison, Abram heard the command of God to “go” into a distant land and follow the call. The call included a plan of blessings upon his name and offspring, with the ultimate gift coming in the form of a savior, Jesus Christ. One can only imagine if Abram’s first reactions were fear, stress, or disbelief.
Thankfully, Abram obeyed the Lord’s command: “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him” (12:4).
Today’s challenge in following the call of God is no more or less than what Abram experienced. This text is a reminder that while God’s calling often includes difficulty, it also involves blessing. Therefore, Abram’s example gives us a game plan on how to follow the call of God:
- Sacrifice-leaving one’s place of comfort and familiarity
- Obedience-responding to a directive with positive action
- Trust-faith in God’s plan for self and family
Prayer: Father, today we acknowledge your goodness and thank you for placing a call on our lives. We ask for strength to respond as Abram did, with obedience. Let our lives too be an example for others to follow, so that we can bless the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rev. Michael Johnson serves as the Director of Ethnic Ministries for Global University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.