Now, the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”

Genesis 12: 1

This verse tells the beginning of a great story; the starting point of the nation of Israel, and it is the initiation of the extraordinary adventure that would be Abraham’s life. But why is this relevant to me? Think about how comfortable you are in your home, with your job or your line of work, in the company of your family, even in this country; then, consider what God told Abram to do. That’s right; God told Abram to leave all of that behind and instructed him to go to places unnamed, to interact with peoples undisclosed, for an unspecified period of time. Stated simply, God told Abram to trust him completely. The Lord spoke to Abram and said to him that he should surrender the control of all of the aspects of his life, especially those where he found his sense of identity and security, to the Lord’s direction. In so doing, Abram would discover that the only real and tangible source for security in life was to be found in the person behind the directing voice; he would learn to rely on his Creator for everything, and Abram would be blessed beyond the limits of his imagination.

What is God’s voice saying to you and to me today? Is he saying to pack up everything, load the van, and head out to a place as yet undisclosed? This could happen, but it is unlikely, too chaotic for society and there are way too many unfilled God-type needs closer to home. Is the Lord telling you to leave the comfort of your familiar surroundings and routines and reach out to people that make you uncomfortable and in ways that are challenging, very likely this is true. Is God saying that he wants you to be an agent for change in your workplace, in your gym, in your neighborhood, even in your church; this is absolutely true.

God says, “Trust me, open your heart to the people of this world, tell them that they are loved by their Creator, love them enough to tell them that there is a Hell, care about them enough to tell them about Heaven”. God wants us to leave the comfortable places of our lives and go into the wilderness of the lost; He promises to show us the way if we are willing to follow. This is a journey on which Christ will lead each of us to our true home and into deep relationship with our true family.