"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." Hebrews 11:8
Years ago and just out of college, I was meeting with a group of college students in Logan, Utah. We were studying James and the topic of obedience kept surfacing each week. One day, as we looked at Hebrews 11:8, one of my students took my Bible and wrote "Utah" next to the verse. She told me that I should always remember that. She was right.
You see, the year before I had told God that I would go anywhere for Him. I was shy, insecure, and fearful, but I loved God; and more importantly, I understood that He was God. A senior at UC Berkeley, I had prayed that prayer as I was trying to figure out my future. I didn't expect an answer any time soon. I figured that God would show me over the next 6 months.
At that time, I was doing a verse by verse study of the Book of Hebrews. That very day, my study took me to Hebrews 13:7 which says, "Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the outcome of their way of life, imitate, their faith." The Holy Spirit applied that verse to my life in such a way that I knew it was God speaking clearly. The ministry in which I was involved with had introduced me to Jesus and helped me to develop a love for God and His Word. I considered their way of life - they poured their lives into the students on campus and they raised their missionary support to pay their salary. The last phrase was a command, "Imitate their faith." I knew instantly that God was calling me to imitate their faith, support and all. So, I went to training not knowing where I was going to and ended up in Northern Utah ministering to college students.
The important principle from Abraham's life is that when God called, he obeyed...Obedience says, "yes" to God and requires faith. It often takes you where you would not have gone on your own and it keeps you directly in the center of His will.
My challenge for you today is to step out in faith in the little things, and then you'll be ready for the big things when they come. For instance, if you have never prayed out loud because you are scared, take a step of faith! Ask someone to help you learn, or just do it. A prayer can be as simple as one sentence, "God, thanks for saving a sinner like me." Or, "God, I need you today." Or, "God, please help Mary to come to know You." Another example would be to sign-up for a Bible study, take someone through the 5-Step Follow-up, contact that ministry that God has been laying on your heart to serve in, or invite someone to come to church with you next week.
Posted on Wed, October 19, 2011
by Cathy Hurtado