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. 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. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 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. (Genesis 12:1-4).
I have read these verses - and the story of Abraham - many times; but as I get older, I appreciate them in a different way. When I was young, I moved quite a bit - Bloomington, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago, northern Indiana. Then I began move less frequently. In 2006, I moved to Indianapolis, and I have been in the same house ever since. Now when I look around my house, the very thought of moving is daunting. I have accumulated "stuff"!!!
Did you catch Abraham's age when you read this morning's verses? He was 75 years old when God called him to leave his country and go to a new land! This wasn't a move across town or a decision to downsize from a two-story into an easier to maintain condo. This was leaving almost everyone and everything and going to a new land (without GPS or a map no less). God simply said go to this land I will show you (notice the future tense there), and Abraham, seventy-five years old, packed up and went. I have to believe that in some part of himself, Abraham didn't want to go. He had a good life where he was, and he obviously had family there and I assume friends as well. He was settled, life was comfortable, and he was certainly "getting on in years," but he went.
We are also called by God to "go." I don't mean called to go to another country, although some have been called to do this. I mean called to get out of our comfort zones and do things that make us uncomfortable. To give when we don't feel like giving. To be kind, when we would rather not. To love when the person isn't loveable. To serve when we would rather be served. To pray when we don't feel like praying. You get the point.
What is God calling you to do today? It doesn't have to be earth-shattering (it probably isn't). But is someone or something on your heart? God doesn't care about your age - because at any age, we can all do something. God cares about your heart. So, I ask again: What is God calling you to do today? Ponder it. Then, to borrow from a commercial phrase, "just do it." God promised Abraham a better life if he went, and God does the same for us. It's a thought.