NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. [Heb. 11:8-10.] And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]. And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves]. [Gal. 3:8.] So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the persons [servants] that they had acquired in Haran, and they went forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the locality of Shechem, to the oak or terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your posterity. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, Who had appeared to him.” Genesis 12:1-7 AMPC
We can’t initiate our relationship with God Almighty without Him pulling us in.
No one is able to come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me attracts and draws him and gives him the desire to come to Me, and [then] I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” John 6:44 AMPC
It was God that called Abraham to be intimate with Him. But It was Abraham’s choice to follow after God and to bring God to his home and involve God Almighty in all his daily activities. Some believers in Christ only want to involve God in their lives on Sunday morning, or when they are going through some challenges in their lives. It ought not to be so.
When Abraham accepted God’s request to follow Him, he built an altar. For the heathen an altar is a place of sacrificial rituals that end up in curses. But for us believers in Christ it is a place to meet with God daily. A place of blessings, a place of communion with our Heavenly Father. As a matter of fact we are God’s Altar. For we are the temple in which God Almighty dwells in. The altar that Abraham had built to commune with God, meant that Abraham in return invited God Almighty to be involved in his daily business. Abraham magnified his relationship with God more than the call of God over his life.
We can’t be effective ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord, when we put what God Almighty has called us to do above our personal time of being intimate Him. That’s to say above the relationship God has with us.
Let’s pray together:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your word. Help me to magnify my relationship with You above all other things in my life. In Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen.