“All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
(Genesis 12: 2-3)
Time had passed. But now God was ready to take the next step in His plan for the salvation of humankind. It was an astounding one. It revealed His commitment, His purpose and His love.
God called Abraham – one man – and promised to do these amazing things through him.
“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.”
(Genesis 12: 2-3)
Note that the focus is on what God will do. There was no hint that Abraham should do any more than listen and obey. (Much later Jesus was to say that He did just that Himself). God would ensure that everything happened as He wished. Abraham was not perfect, and he often got things wrong. But he was available to God, and did listen and obey – and history, as God wanted it, began to unfold.
God does not ask us to do things for Him – but to be open to His working in, through and around us. It is His will, His power and His result which are important. The prayer Christ taught us is that God’s ‘will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ He looks for us to make ourselves available to Him, to believe in Him, and to heed and follow His instructions. In that way good and great things can still happen – and do.
God’s great commitment is to Life – our life in the eternal Life that is Christ, God our Saviour.
Like Abraham each one of us has been called for a purpose. At one level it is for our own personal salvation and relationship with God. However, on another level, it is to be a part of God’s great and glorious plan of salvation and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. Wherever we are called to be involved it is never a ‘spectator- sport’ but one in which each and every Christian is called to play their part.
Lord God, thank you for those who, like Abraham, heard You and responded to You. Please help me to be open to You, to trust You, to look for Your guidance in my life, and to respond properly to Your will. And as You bless me, so please bless those around me as well. Amen.