“By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.” – Hebrews 11:8-10 The Message
Abraham’s walk with God was built on God’s – call – promises – and the personal history of God’s dealings with him. God chose Abraham before the foundation of the world to be the Father of all that would have faith in Him. Abraham’s faith was tested time and time again. The Christian life is full of tests, some we pass and others we fail, but our faith is in Jesus Christ, who passed them all. Abraham’s failures are documented in the Bible, but he grew in faith and dependency with God through his obedience, and his experience with God’s faithfulness.
Our trust in God comes in the same way; through an intimate relationship with Jesus, and a deep trust in His Word. We must always look at what Christ has done through his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead, as our source of confidence, on our journey with God.
The prophet Jeremiah was called and known by God before he was “formed in his mother’s womb.” Even though he doubted himself, God who knows “the end from the beginning” and called him and empowered him, never doubted Jeremiah. The Apostle Peter was a weak and sinful man, but through a prophetic proclamation from Jesus, revelation from God, and the filling of the Spirit, became a spiritual Rock.
Everyone who has heard the call to follow Jesus has a destiny that awaits them to be fulfilled. God has designed, tested, and equipped us to advance His Kingdom. Our assignment on earth is to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbors in the same way we love ourselves. Our agenda is to advance Christ Kingdom by proclaiming, and living out the Gospel(good news) of what Jesus has done for the world. And as we go about our daily lives we are called to make disciples of Jesus.