If God told you to pack up and move to a new country, would you go? That is precisely what He did with Abraham. The narrative begins in Genesis 12 at a time before God had changed his name from Abram to Abraham. He, Abram, was living in a good land with his relatives in security and comparative prosperity.
“Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you (Gen 12:1 NASB).”
There is so much to be said about God’s promises to Abram and how God’s redemption plan for the human race took shape through Abraham. However, I want to focus on the faith of Abraham. A faith that would, at the age of 75, pack up all his immediate family and belongings and leave his comfortable surroundings to go somewhere he knew nothing about just because God told him to! While there were many blessings poured out on Abraham in his lifetime and his faith was generously rewarded, what I really want us to examine is his willing obedience that proved his faith.
Now, God may not call us to pack up everything and leave to a place He will show us. But He quite regularly calls us to move out for Him right where we are. While Jesus’ commission to the Church to make disciples is world-wide in scope, its application is always to be done right where we are at the time. Simple, sincere obedience is the evidence of our faith. James 2:17 says “…Faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep (obey) my commandments (Jn. 14:15).” For Abraham, it was a simple decision to obey the Lord. It is the same for us, it is a simple decision to obey! What is God leading you to do? Where is He leading you to go? Is it a major life-altering move? Or is it the more mundane but no less important decisions to walk by the Spirit in every situation? It is up to us to simply trust Him and move out in obedience.
Some of us exercised the faith of Abraham to come here to the Morongo Basin in the first place. I believe He is calling all of us right now to live out that faith with fire and enthusiasm. Because for all the difficulties of this pandemic, we, the followers of Jesus, know the end of the story. Our hope is fixed on the One who has overcome the world. The general will of God for the Church, our church, is to make disciples. In addition, God has given each of us a specific plan for our lives. Let’s move out in the faith of Abraham, the father of faith, in that simple obedience that demonstrates our trust in and love for our Lord Jesus.
In Christ our living hope,
Current News: October is Pastor Appreciation Month!
We wish to express a sincere thank you
to Pastor Bill and Pastor Eric
for all they do!