God makes things. Things are great. Then things go bad. Then God starts over with a few things and those things go bad. Then, God starts over with one.
Abraham. Called to leave his family. His homeland. His gods.
God calls him to offer up his past. Everything about him. Everything familiar. Everything that is safe. 75 years of one way of life, God says its time for a new direction.
And Abraham goes...He's not even sure he knows where he is going...He just goes...Because the one He is going after told him to.
Most of you know Chaia's journey, but you may be less familiar with the Abraham journey God has us on as a family.
We made this announcement to our church family on Sunday, September 11.
On September 18 we went down to Columbus to spend a week doing reconnaissance for our move in January. We were going to the land that God had shown us. We were sacrificing our past...our comfort...our familiar surroundings...our families.
If you keep reading in Genesis 12, God's promise to Abraham is quickly followed by a road of obstacles, danger and trial that made it unclear if God's call would work out or fail.
The week of September 18, while we were in Columbus, Chaia began showing symptoms of something being wrong.
The parallels are intriguing.
I'm not saying I'm fathering a nation.
But I am saying that God has called us to start something new. And where God wants to start something new, the battle rages fiercest.
Do you think that the Enemy of God desires new movements of God to be launched?
Simultaneously, do you think God wants untested, unshaped, unmolded leaders leading new movements of God? (Keep reading about Abraham in Genesis and see how long it took for the Promise to be fulfilled in his life. Testing, shaping and molding are prerequisite to countless bible leaders/heroes.)
Be sure of one thing...God wants you to offer up your past. Everything you've known and lived and loved. Offer it up to Him. He may call you to sacrifice it. He may not. But He is for sure calling you to offer it up.
And rest assured...doing so will cost you dearly.
But avoiding obedience will cost you even more.
It's time to count the cost.