• Katie Bock

Jan. 6 - Abraham: Following God's Promise, Part 1

Greg opened up Sunday morning by giving us the latest news on Newstart’s upcoming relocation and then he proceeded to kick off the new year with a great sermon! If you weren’t able to attend, be sure to get caught up here. The message reminded me of a quote I once heard by American author John Shedd: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

God built each one of us with big plans in mind and those plans are so much bigger and better than any we could ever imagine for ourselves. What’s the catch? We need to leave the safety of the harbor. To realize those plans, we must surrender to God’s will and be completely obedient to Him.

Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Abram (eventually to become Abraham) was quite comfortable living in his country, among his people and in his father’s household, but his Father didn’t create him to be comfortable. God called him to abandon all those things and move to “the land I will show you.” Abram didn’t even know where he was going! But he obeyed anyway. He did as God asked and God kept his word.

When God points us in a direction, He never forces us. The choice is ours. But know that if you obey, you (and others) will be blessed beyond measure. So when you feel that stirring in your heart, that nudge from God, don’t resist it! Be brave, be obedient, and don’t settle to remain in the harbor. Sail out into the unknown and allow God to use you as part of His plan!

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