Be the Blessing! The story of God’s calling of Abraham in Genesis 12 is a weighty one. Abraham is called to go, sight unseen, to a land which the Lord will show him. While there is much risk involved in uprooting his family, the Lord promises Abraham many blessings: “I will make you a great nation.” “I will bless you.” “I will make your name great.” “I will bless those who bless you.” “I will curse the one who curses you.” “To your offspring I will give this land.” If ever there was an offer one couldn’t refuse, this was it!
Tucked away in these verses is the purpose of God’s calling. Abraham has been blessed so that he “will be a blessing.” The Lord is making these promises to him so that in him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” God’s deeper purposes for Abraham are that Abraham should be a conduit for God’s blessings, sharing God’s gifts to others.
As I think about our calling as a congregation, I see Abraham’s call as a model for us. > read more