The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you." - Genesis 12: 1-3
At some point in our life we need to leave the safety of "home" and start our personal journey of faith with the LORD. Sometimes this is hard to comprehend when fellowship with other believers is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith.
For Abram, "home" meant the safety of his father's protection, the wealth of livestock, and a countryside he knew and traveled daily. In my life, home has meant financial security, family, a good job, friends, and the comfort and conveniences of life. All good things, so why would I leave them?
Perhaps this call to "leave home" is given so we can begin to experience God and take ownership of our faith. It represents us slowly moving from under the faith of our parents, our mentors, and friends to a faith that is interwoven with our life experiences and our story.
Painfully, reluctantly, and sometimes with expectation we pull away from the safety and security of home and we find ourselves pushed to an unknown space that requires complete dependence on the LORD.
In this space, God is able to walk beside us - mentor us - commune with us and we come face to face with our maker. In this space we begin to stake out the territory of our soul with His mission, passion, and purpose for our life.
We leave the image of our earthy father and mother and discover what it means to be made in the image of God, adopted into His family, and set apart for something more than our parents' dreams and plans.
As we begin to stand in our own faith and relationship with the LORD, we become someone that can now truly participate in authentic and transparent fellowship. We own our relationship with the LORD - we understand His grace and mercy - our shame and guilt have been exposed but thankfully they've also been forgiven - we've been healed.
We are now ready for true community with other believers. We are now prepared to pay the cost of discipleship. We are now ready to live a life of obedience in the Spirit.
This journey from home to a place of complete surrender to and dependence on the LORD is one we all must make. We will see each other at different points on the road of life that we share together. We will see the scars from where our journey began but we will also see the hope in each other's eyes that we are destined for something better.
We must help each other on this journey while at the same time understanding how important the individual experience of leaving home is to our personal growth and development.
Father, thank you for calling me to leave the safety and security of my life and abandon everything of this world for you. Holy Spirit, guide me as I walk each day - help me to honor my relationships and priorities while always putting you first. Jesus, give me the strength to open my arms to the experiences you've designed for me - to help me grow closer to you - to help me become less, so you can become more in my life. Amen.
Questions To Consider:
- Is God calling you to "leave home" and begin a journey of discovering what complete dependence on Him is like?
- What barriers keep you from "leaving home" and beginning your journey?
Make it a great day!