“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
God had a plan for the salvation and blessing of humankind. He did not entrust it to man for man to undertake for Him – instead He made it clear that it was something that He would bring about Himself. His only requirement from man was to trust Him, listen to Him and obey Him. Jesus, as perfect man, submitted Himself to these expectations throughout His ministry.
In calling Abram He spells it out. “I will make you ..”, “I will bless you … “ and “I will make your name great.” Through this Abram would “be a blessing” to those who followed after him. In fact God says that “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Note that God does not say that they will be blessed by Abram but through him – that is through God working in, through and around him.
God has a plan and purpose for our lives, individually and corporately.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
He had this plan for us before we appeared and He has it for us now. He has prepared the work that He wants us to do; He has gifted us for this work through the Holy Spirit and has empowered us to do it through the same Spirit. Here again it is His plan and His power at work to achieve His purpose.
Some of God’s requirements are general to us all – like the Ten Commandments, the New Commandments and the Great Commission. Others will be specific to individuals – such as His calling into specific ministries and sending to definite places or peoples.
Our initial responsibility in our response to God is to trust Him, listen to Him and obey Him in our immediate situations. These are our areas of ministry until and unless God leads us somewhere else. It is here that His light should shine through us, His seed be sown by us and His love be displayed in us.
Pray for your situations, the people in it and for yourself.
Lord God please help me to trust You, listen to You and be faithful to You in my situations this week. Please work Your will in and through and around me, for Jesus sake, Amen.