Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,” Philippians 3:13 (NLT).
The command was unmistakable. “Go!” His mind whirled with unanswered questions:
“What's wrong with where I am now?”
“Go? Go where?”
“My support system's here. Why give it up?”
“Is this really necessary?”
Willing to place his life and the lives of his household, his fortune, his reputation and his safety into the hands of his unseen God, Abram pulled up stakes and left Familiar. God required him to relinquish his past in order to find his future. Follow Him, but where?
A recent post “In Means In” delves into Acts 17:28. Abram's Great Adventure is another Old Covenant example of this New Covenant truth. Abram's land (live), his family (move) and his father's house (our being) had to shift from the realm of natural possibilities to that of supernatural supply in an unseen place (God). Abram did it.
Saul followed in Abram's footsteps and apprehended more than he gave up. Both men received new identities: Abram became Abraham, Saul became Paul. Both had much to lose if they followed God and both took the risk. Each faced difficulties and challenges. It's not easy pioneering a new belief system. Abraham and Paul experienced supernatural encounters with God, angels and so forth. Many believers secretly long for such experiences. If we do what these men did, we can have what they obtained.
How about you? If you took drastic measures like Abraham and Paul how could your life be radically different? What would you consider too extreme? What would prevent you from entering a newer, deeper relationship with God? If so...why? Is it worth it?