The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
Read: Genesis 12:1
Listen: Genesis 12
God calls Abram to leave his country, his family and his gods. Anything Abram looked to for direction and security—he was told to leave. He moves from the familiar to the unfamiliar, known to the unknown, comfortable to the uncomfortable, and civilization to nowhere. With no advance notice, God appears to Abram and says, “I need you to get moving.” And Abram does! Abram will soon learn that God works in the lives of people who are willing to move. Only by moving will he learn to trust.
The movement God requires involves obedience. Like Abram, God calls us to move in obedience to his Word. When we do, we allow him to develop his character in our lives. He desires to make us more like Jesus. He does this when we say “yes” to whatever he is calling us to do or to be.
Becoming more like Jesus involves, at minimum, the development of what is called “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23). By moving, we allow God to develop our character in these essential areas. When we are surrounded by the unfamiliar and the uncomfortable, God works on our character in ways which we may have thought impossible.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
What one command of God do you need to respond in obedience? Scholars tell us there are 1,000+ of them in the New Testament! Some include to be patient (1 Thessalonians 5:14), don’t sin when you’re angry (Ephesians 4:26) and to be content with what you have (Hebrews 13:5). Write that one command in your journal, and one way you can move in obedience.
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