We have discovered this week in the devotional that God called Abraham to get up and go, to leave his country and go to a land he had never heard of before. When God calls, he always promises his presence to accompany us so that we are able to do what he has called us to do. Yesterday, we suggested there were blessing promises given to Abraham. The first was that God would make him into a great nation from Genesis 3:1
We will take up the second promise today from Genesis 3:2.
12 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 2 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.
One thing we must remember, when we are “blessed” it is so that we can be a blessing to others. That is the example given in scripture in the life of the patriarch Abraham and that is our example today as well. A missiologist by the name of Kaiser augments this as he writes:
“The sweep of all the evidence makes it abundantly clear that God’s gift of a blessing through the instrumentality of Abraham was to be experienced by nations, clans, tribes, people groups, and individuals. It would be for every size group, from the smallest people group to the greatest nation” (Kaiser 2000, 19).
This is none other than the Old Testament version of what we call “The Great Commission”. Abraham was chosen and through him Israel was called to become the people of God. Just as Abraham was called go, Israel was called to go to be a blessing to those who don’t know God.
You see, the nations would not be blessed in some automatic fashion. They would only be blessed as Abraham went in obedience to God. In like fashion, God will bless us to be a blessing, but it requires action on our part. Our neighbors, family and friends will not be blessed automatically. We must “go”
We must remember that the goal of the Old Testament and the New Testament is to reach those who don’t know God. He will make “our name” great. He will bless us with his presence to be a blessing to the lost, if we will just go. Each day is a new day for us as Christians. We have no idea of what the day holds or where God will take us. However, one thing is for sure from scripture; he will bless us with his presence as we go to be a blessing.