Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 24, 2012
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.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
Going for gold! Almost all of us would want to leave home for that! The thought of lustrous and pure gold in your hands would get you going without a thought of where, how or when! Going for God? The thought makes you scratch your head, stare at your feet and walk away. Simply put, it’s not an easy business to fully and promptly obey God because it goes against our human nature.
Abram grew up in a pagan society among the Chaldeans with no knowledge of God and His ways. Yet, God called him to go out from his family and all the familiarities of his life, to a land that God was going to show him. What would have been your response? Excuses, arguments and questions perhaps. When God calls, speaks and commands, He demands obedience.
God, purely out of His good will and pleasure, called Abram out of his home land so that he (Abram), might be blessed and be a blessing to the nations. So many times we think everything God does and gives to us is ours only. We deceive ourselves into thinking that we deserve God’s blessings because we are so special and so good. Yet here we see that a pagan Abram was called by a Holy God and given special blessings and promises which he did not earn or deserve. God chose him to fulfill His plan to save man and conquer sin and the devil. It had nothing to do with Abram, his value or worth. Rather God did this to bless many with a free and gracious salvation through His Son Jesus who would descend from Abram and crush Satan.
God blesses us friends so we can be a blessing to others. He gives us temporal blessings of food, shelter, families, jobs etc. But beyond all this, He has given us the rich and eternal blessing of salvation in Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, God offers us both the temporal and the eternal blessings. Have you received both these blessings? Are you sharing them with others? Remember, only what’s done for God will last. It is also true that you can only truly bless a person when you give them the good news of Christ. Resolve today to bless many this year with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and be assured that God will bless your labours.