Jan. 27, 2016

Jan. 24, 2016 - Part 1

Same Old Thing or Something New? 

The Bible is full of the accounts of people who risked their relationships and reputations because they dared to do someting different. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Christianity is littered with people who have been serving God the same way for decades. There has been no significant change in their worship, their relationship with the Father or their service to Him. Year after year these folks do what is safe, comfortable and familiar. When is the last time you moved in an uncharted direction based on a word from the Lord? When we follow His instructions Big Risks Yield Big Results.

An uncharted move is one that has no printed roadmap. Your GPS or similar navigational system won't get you there. There is no visible path for you to follow. It's a faith walk. In essence, the Lord says, "Close your eyes and follow My voice: trust Me. I will get you where I want you to be."  This is generally foreign and uncomfortable. Most of us are used to walking and driving and moving based on what we see, not by what we hear.

John 10:4, 27 When he has brought his own sheep outside, he walks on before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them and they follow Me.

Two notable biblical characters who abandoned tradition and followed the voice of God were Moses and Abraham. They both left a life that was comfortable and familiar. Moses accepted God's directive for a career change, an occupational promotion. He went from being a prince to a shepherd. In man's eyes that seems like a demotion instead of a promotion. But God's instructions always result in advancement even if it doesn't seem like it in the natural realm.

The beginning of Abraham's promotion required him to move away from home. Just like many of us, he had to leave his natural support system. In order to hear and follow the voice of God, he needed to be away from the people and culture that had influenced his life to that point. It was now time for something different.