January 24, 2014

genesis12-1

Genesis 11:27-12:8

Abram, later renamed Abraham, is called to leave his home and family when he is 75 years old. Wow. We are five or ten years into retirement by then. But what if we were called by God to move in a whole new direction when we were, say 30? We have finished our education and finally know where we want to go. We’ve found someone with whom to share our dreams. Or maybe we are 55 and we have been recognized for good work and been rewarded for our loyalty and work ethic. We have found our place and earned the respect of those around us. We have arrived! Or maybe we, too, are 75. We thought we had lived our life well, raised our kids and enjoyed our grand-kids. And then God calls us to leave all that and “go to a place he will show us” so we can make a difference in the world.

God makes a promise, a couple in fact, all wrapped up in one purpose: to bless the people he has made, all the people of the earth. And he will use this one man and his family to do it. What if God chooses you and me to be his instrument of blessing. It is more than a call to share our own blessings with others. It is God working through us so others might also know and worship the One who made us all and his Son, Jesus.

Prayer: Sovereign Lord, when you call, let us hear your voice and obey. In Jesus name, Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David L. Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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One Response to January 24, 2014

  1. Robert Kitchen says:

    You have laid out a good challenge. God calls, no matter the age. I am a missions planter at 73, and hope to be attending the NALC convocation at age 74….wondering about my “next assignment”. Also serve as supervising pastor for the mission congregation known as “New Hope”.

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