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July 13, 2014 - Called to Be a Blessing - Genesis 12:1-9

posted Jul 14, 2014, 5:53 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 7:02 AM ]
Main Thought
We are called not just to receive, but to be a blessing.
  • We all yearn for a sense of calling.
"The secret of human beings is the secret of their responsibility." ~Vaclav Havel
  • We all know about hard labor/knocking ourselves out/struggling with hope. The question we ask is, “What is my calling in this struggle?”
  • We have made an idolatry of our own generation, assuming that all of life’s meaning has to be found within our years. The ancients always understood themselves as part of a future that lived on.
  • Abram and Sari were settled in Haran, into a life without a future. The worst part is that their society had given up hope and chosen barren comfort and security.
  • For some reason, Terah had stopped his pilgrimage and settled at a place along the way. Perhaps you started out with a magnificent dream, but the demands of life have caused you to place your dream on a shelf in the closet of your soul.
  • The call of God kindled something that had almost died out in Abram’s soul --- hope.
  • You have to leave what is known to find hope.
  • Life isn't about settling. It’s about following the sojourner God who is on the move.
  • The Gospel has always been about leaving and cleaving ---  leaving what is known but barren, and cleaving to the holy promise of hope.
  • Whatever you have settled for, you have to leave to find the new place in life that God wants to show you.
  • Every call of God is built upon the foundation of being a blessing.
  • The altar is the place where we sacrifice what we have but cannot keep, in order to receive what only God can give but which we can never lose --- being a blessing.
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