No Pressure

You and a friend sit down at your favorite coffee shop. You get your latte, she’s sipping her coffee. You catch up about your families, work, and she asks how that book you’re writing is going. There’s a brief, thoughtful silence in your conversation. She leans in close and tells you, “You’re going to change the world.” How do you respond?

That’s sort of what God tells Abraham (who goes by Abram at this point in the story). No pressure, right? To further complicate things, Abraham is 75 years old when God tells him this. He doesn’t have a lot of time.

I’d be stressed. I’d think, I’ve got to get my kids into the right schools, and their kids’ kids into the right schools. I’ve got to make sure I have enough money, enough success, enough influence to affect everyone. Ever feel like Abraham?

But read Genesis 12:1-3. Abraham probably isn’t as stressed because he knows it’s not about him.

Over and over again, God tells Abraham, “I will…” God is the one who will make Abraham’s name great. God is the one who will make a great nation out of his family. God is the one who will bless the earth. God is the hero of the story. Abraham is a supporting character in an opening scene to a story he couldn’t possibly imagine.

On Christmas, Abraham finally sees how the story plays out. Just as Abraham awaited the arrival of Jesus, we await his return. We may still ask, “Who will change the world?” To which God responds as He has since Abraham, “I will.”

Read Genesis 12:1-3

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