A Message From Pastor Thomas

"Willing to Follow"

May 2021
Genesis 12:1-4
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “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.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
 
Genesis 12 is one of the most inspiring (and frightening!) passages in all of the Bible. In these words we find Abram, later Abraham, become the father of faith as he sets out on a long journey to follow God. Can you imagine what it must’ve been like for Abraham to come to grips with this message from God?
 
I often wonder why God chose Abraham. What was so special about Abraham? I think one of the most important characteristics was his willingness to listen. Listening is challenging. It requires being quiet. It requires patience. It takes a lot of work to listen. And even when we take time to listen it can be a challenge to know if we’re listening to the right voice.

Think about all the voices Abraham had going on in the passage. He could’ve listened to the voice of age, “You’re too old to start a journey like this.” I bet the voice of family was saying, “Do you really want to leave this land? You’ll be so far from us!” And the tricky voice of comfort, “You don’t want this. This is going to stretch you, and besides, you don’t even know where you’re going!”

Despite all the voices around him, Abraham listened to God. What does it say in verse 4? “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him…”
And that verse shows us another thing that was special about Abraham. He showed that faith is more than listening. Abraham had a willingness to follow. A willingness to put action with attentiveness. He not only paid attention to what God was saying, he put it into practice! He acted on God’s guidance in his life. He lived out his beliefs.
 
What does all of this have to do with us in Angier? I want to encourage us to follow in the same footsteps of faith that Abraham followed more than 3000 years ago. Let’s be willing to listen. Let’s be willing to follow. Because as we do that we will find the same amazing blessing that Abraham found: God’s presence, God’s guidance, God’s purpose for his life.
 
In Christ,
Thomas