1/6/16: God’s Call
Oswald Chambers said, “To be brought into the zone of the call of God is to be profoundly altered” (My Utmost for His Highest, 1935). Abram received such a call and entered such a zone.
In Genesis 12:1-3, we listen in as God outlines Abram’s call to him:
- Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (NKJ).
What a word! This seven-fold blessing shows us at least three characteristics of God’s calls to us. First, the call is personal. God spoke directly to Abram. God is perfectly able to get our attention and speak directly to us so that we know it’s Him and we are absolutely sure of what He’s saying. God personalizes His calls to us, designing them specifically for the person He made us to be.
Second, God’s call is pointed. Abram knew exactly what he had to do when he heard God’s call. “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.” Abram instantly obeyed in three of these four categories. He left his country, left his father’s house, and went to the land God showed him, but he didn’t leave all his family. He took Lot with him, and later Lot became a lot of trouble. When God calls, He expects us to follow the specific instructions He gives. Although we may not know why at the time, He has His reasons for telling us to do things a particular way, and we can gum up the whole works if we decide to get creative.
Third, God’s call is productive. God called Abram in order to see things happen. God had much bigger things in store for Abram than the comfortable life he had in Ur. And what God had in store for Him would further the cause of the Kingdom. In the process of following God’s call, Abram himself would also be abundantly blessed. So it is when God announces His call to us. By hearing and obeying His call, we’ll see things happen, the Kingdom will be expanded, He will be glorified, and we will be blessed.
Proverbs 1:33 says, “But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm” (NIV). Indeed, once we hear God’s call, we are profoundly altered and immediately thrust into a decision: do we ignore it or do we obey it? We’re never the same no matter which choice we make. To ignore God’s call is to possibly have some immediate relief from the pressure of hearing the call in the first place, but we ultimately doom ourselves to a life that never reaches its full potential of joy or satisfaction. To obey God’s call is to open ourselves to endless wonder and glory both in this life and the life to come.
Which will it be for you today?
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