Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Uncalculated Risk - Abraham

Sermon Recap
Abram left everything to follow God's call on his life.  The calling involved a promise that God would bless him and that he would be a blessing to others.  Abram didn't make excuses.  He didn't ask for time to process what God told him.  He didn't need to do any "self-reflection."  He didn't say "the children are still little but when they are older and out of the house then i'll go."  He didn't say "I'm too old why didn't you ask me to do this when I was younger."  In Genesis 12:4 we read "So Abram went, as the Lord had told him..."  He was called and obeyed without excuses, without directions, without gps, without a map, without any indication of where he would end up.

Abram's calling is our calling.  Every single person who has embraced Jesus as Lord and Savior are promised that God will bless us and that we are to be a blessing to others.  Paul says it this way in Galatians 3:29 "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise."

This general calling to be a blessing to others applies to all Christians.  However, if you want to find God's specific calling in your life it can be helpful to look at three ways Jesus calls us and then pray for God to show you what that looks like for you.

Among many others, three ways Jesus calls His followers are:

1. Love God, Love others (Matthew 22:37-40)

2. Invite people into a growing relationship with Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20)

3. Serve others (Matthew 23:11-12)

If you pray for God to reveal to you who needs to be loved within your sphere of influence, God will show you.  If you pray for God to reveal to you who needs to be invited into his kingdom, into a reltiaonship with him, God will show you.  If you pray for God to reveal to you who in your life you should focus on serving, God will show you.  Because God loves to reveal His purpose and His ways and His will to His people.

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