Change and Transition are challenging and unsettling to us just as much now, as it was to the great ancestors of faith. Moving from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the easy and comfortable to the challenging and new, stretches our faith and our character. But standing still is not an option.
When God called him, Abram moved out in faith from Ur to Haran and finally to Canaan. God then established a covenant with Abram, telling him that he would found a great nation. Not only would this nation be blessed, God said that the other nations of the earth would be blessed through Abram’s descendants. Israel, the nation that would come from Abram, was to follow God and influence those with whom it came in contact. Through Abram’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’s blessing on Abram was dependent on one thing, Abram had to do what God wanted him to do. This meant leaving his home and friends and travelling to a new land. Abram obeyed, walking away from his home trusting God’s promise. How do we respond when God tries to lead us to a place of greater service and usefulness to Him? Are we willing to let go of the comfort and security of our present position (whether as individuals or as a parish)? Resistance to God’s call may mean that we miss God’s amazing plan for us. The key to it all is the willingness to step out into the unknown in faith, putting our hand into the hand of God. Moving from the mechanic of ‘religion’ to the day-to-day life and practicalities of faith. Are we up for this?
12 March 17 News Sheet