Monday, March 6, 2017

Genesis 12:1-4 Be Great, not just Good

KEY TEXT: Genesis 12:1-2,4 Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing...So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 

KEY THOT: When the Lord called Abram to leave country, relatives and family to "the land that I will show you", he was already 75 years old. At that age, most of people are thinking of retiring. But for God, 75 is the right age for re-tyring--to change our worn-out tyres of self-pursuits to a new life of God-pursuits. While the former phase of self-pursuits may be good, the latter phase of God-pursuits will be better. It's time to make a radical change for a better future: "I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great" (v.2a). At the age of retirement, God is not just calling us to sit around and be good (moral) but to leave our present comfort zone to be great (missional). 

Most of us at 75 years (for some even younger) are content to retire and live a life of ease and just be "good". But God's vision for his children is that we should re-tyre at 75 to live a life of challenge and to be great! But there is a catch. We cannot be great and live just for ourselves. The characteristic of greatness is "so that you will be a blessing." (v.2b). If we are thinking of more blessings for ourselves, we may be good, but never great. We can only be great when we are pursuing a new life of blessings for others.

Abram had a called to greatness at an age that was past retirement. He was not suffering from some kind of "late-life" crisis. It was a call of God and God does not call us to a life of mediocrity, but of greatness. If we have a heart to be a blessing to others, nothing shall be impossible for us. If we plan to retire from our secular job at 65 or are already retired, then we are ready for greatness. Don't retire to be comfortable--retire for a new challenge. Retire and be great!

Father, give us a great vision to re-tyre when we "retire" from our secular job so that we can be great and be a blessing to the nations. Amen. 

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