Leaving the Comfort Zone
The Lord had said to Abram, â€œLeave your native country, your relatives, and your fatherâ€™s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.â€ (Genesis 12:1-3)
When God called him, Abram moved in faith from Ur to Haran and finally to Canaan. God planned to develop a nation of people he would call his own. He called Abram from the godless, self-centered city of Ur to a fertile region called Canaan, where a God-centered nation could be established. Though small in dimensions, the land of Canaan was the focal point for most of Israelâ€™s history as well as for the rise of Christianity. This small land given to one man, Abram, has had a tremendous impact on world history.
God then established a covenant with Abram, promising to make him a great nation. Not only would Abramâ€™s own nation be blessed, God said, but the other nations of the earth would be blessed through Abramâ€™s descendants, the people of Israel. They were to follow God and influence those whom they came in contact with. Whatâ€™s more, through Abramâ€™s family tree Jesus Christ was born to save humanity. Through Christ, people can have a personal relationship with God and be blessed beyond measure.
God promised to bless Abram and make him famous, but God had one condition: Abram had to do what God wanted him to do. This meant leaving his home and friends and traveling to a new land where God promised to build a great nation from Abramâ€™s family. Abram obeyed, leaving his home to pursue Godâ€™s promise of even greater blessings in the future.
What is God calling you to? Donâ€™t let the comfort and security of your present position cause you to miss Godâ€™s plan for you.