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The call of Abraham and you

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We find God calling Abraham in Genesis Chapter 12. In that calling, God commands Abraham to leave all that he has ever really know; all his security, economic stability, and family relationships, to go to a new place to do a new thing. God called Abraham out of what he was doing, into the doing of a new thing. As God calls He gives Abraham some promises: “ 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. (Genesis 12.2-3)”
Most of us see this as a specific call of God upon a specific life. Namely, the life of Abraham. And while this is true, it is also the call that God makes to each of us who follow Him in Christ. We are likewise called to leave who we have been before and what we have known to be born in Him afresh and anew. We are also called to leave the security and familiarity of this world to be a part of a new Kingdom; God’s Kingdom.
But that is more to the call of Abraham, and it also applies to you and me. At the end of verse three there is a promise that through Abraham “all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Abraham was called out for a special purpose, but not to be special alone. God didn’t promise Abraham to make him into a great nation for the sake of a single nation, but so that that nation might be a beacon of hope and a conduit of God’s love and grace to the entirety of the world.
Christian, this is the call and purpose of your life as well. Not to be blessed in such a way that you are special to God (although that is very true), but the purpose of your being blessed in God is so that you might pass blessing along. The purpose is for you not to hold love and blessing, but for you to give it away. If you follow Christ, you should be about His business, the business of proclaiming freedom to the captive, sight to the blind, and liberty for those who are oppressed. This is the business of the Father that we are to be about.

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