Genesis 12: 1-3: 1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 

God described a path to success and fulfillment when he spoke to Abram. However, in order to reach those two things Abram had to do a few things first, sort of his part of the deal. I’m no bible scholar so I don’t know Abram’s track record but I imagine most people wouldn’t be too keen on leaving everything and everyone they know, including their family, and taking what might appear to be a total flyer to go somewhere new. Heck, even the pioneers and pilgrims took their families. This is what he’s told to do. Still, the rewards are great.

God tells him not only will he bless him, which is good, but he’ll actually make him into a nation, a nation. No present-day organization comes to mind, except maybe what the late Billy Graham put together but what he’s being promised is huge, huge I tell you. Fame is a part of it too. I don’t think we’re talking Kardashian fame or Beyoncé’ fame here. No, more of the good kind of fame, the kind where you’re a good thing for everyone you basically come into contact with and them to you in return. This promise will all come in return for just those few things. Abram did them. The question is, can we do the same today?

I know we want all those things. If you don’t believe me go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and check out the Personal Development section. That whole area of our culture is a gazillion dollar industry. So many of us are looking to be blessed, successful and to offer value to others and yet we’re not looking in the right places. Maybe we’re not looking to trade the right things either.

We’re willing to part with a few of our dollars to buy a book or take a seminar or attend a conference but we’re not willing to go where the Lord shows us. We’re not ultimately willing to leave the things that we’re comfortable with, the things we know and venture into uncharted territory. We’re looking for all those things in all the wrong places. (And now I can’t get Mickey Gilley’s song “Lookin for Love” out of my head)

The thing is, we must. It’s part of the deal. We can’t go halvsies; it has to be all in. Now, please don’t get me wrong I’m not saying God is asking you to leave everything and everyone but he’s certainly asking you to make a change. It won’t be easy. It won’t be comfortable. It will be worth it.

What direction is God calling you today? How is he asking you to get out of the familiar to be blessed and to be a blessing? I’d sure like to know if you’re willing to share part of your story. Who knows? It might inspire someone.


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