Genesis 18:19 (NIV) For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
What do you think of when you think of the Biblical character Abraham? Probably faithful, righteous, blessed… This guy was called from darkness into light by the grace of God! Abraham was willing to follow God without knowing where he was going! In Genesis 12:1-3 God gives Abraham a miraculous promise, a promise and a blessing that would be for ALL people but it was through Abraham that God would bring it about. The exact “how” of the blessing and promise are sketchy, Abraham will be required to exercise faith and trust filled obedience; which he does. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Romans 4:18 (NIV)
His journey of faith was not without hiccups. There were times Abraham chose wrongly, very wrongly and there were times that because Abraham could see no way for God’s way, he begs God to bless his own agenda! Maybe more than, yours truly, can relate?! And yet God is patient and gracious and Abraham continues to pursue God faithfully even after fateful falls. for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again… Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)
It is easy to look around at others and even at the characters in the Bible and become discouraged with what seems to be such a grand life purpose compared to what may seem like a severe lack of significant calling in your own life. However what we are often seeing in others is a fleeting snap shot of reality or in the case of the Bible we get to see lives from a birds eye view! People rarely post “reality” and in the Bible, those characters did not see the end result of their faithfulness in their journey, just as we cannot! They had to walk by faith not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), relying on what they believed was Truth by God’s faithful Word rather than on emotions.
According to the verse at the top, Genesis 18:19, what was Abraham chosen for? To live a life of faith for his children, his household and his grandchildren!! Is that more than what you and I have been called to?! Sounds pretty similar! We are called to live in trust filled obedience through faith in our sphere of influence. Our forever God given ministry is first to our families! Do not discount that significant calling, that great purpose in His Kingdom work!! It certainly is not for the faint of heart to live out in sincerity and truth.
Half way through Genesis 18:19 it says, “so that”. Abraham was called to be a faithful witness to God’s faithfulness in his family, to lead his family in trust filled obedience to God Almighty, SO THAT… God Himself would then bring about all the other blessings and miraculous events and tremendous adventures in Abraham’s life that even Abraham had no way of imagining!!!
We compare our life to others and think our calling isn’t as important but as we see in the life of the great Abraham, his calling, his purpose was the same as ours, be faithful with your family, with the direct sphere of influence He has entrusted to you for such a time as this. SO THAT through faith He can do with and through your life greater things, well beyond yourself, things you could never even imagine dear one! We are not called to be successful, only faithful with what God has placed in our hand right now. Through belief in the overcoming work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead we are able to live as vessels of His victory, one faith filled step at a time! Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
God bless you muchly~