Genesis 12 stands as a milepost in the Bible. As the chapter opens, God speaks to a man named Abram, later to be renamed Abraham. Most Bible students know the promises God gave this man of faith: To give him many descendants and to give them a land to call their own. But the greatest promise was one that blessed others (including us).
“I will make you a great nation,” God said to Abraham, “I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2, NKJV). As the centuries unfolded, that promise was fulfilled. The Israelites descended from Abraham and maintained a line through which the Messiah ultimately came to earth. Because of Jesus the Christ (the Messiah), all the earth has been blessed with instruction, hope and salvation.
But before God could use Abraham to bless multitudes, one thing was necessary: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Abraham did what God commanded; he left his homeland and his family behind, putting God first in his life. Had there not been that separation from the past and devotion to God, there would have been no blessings upon others.
God still searches for servants through whom to bless the world. Paul stated it with these words: “Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20,21). Did Abraham consider himself capable of great things? Perhaps not, but God used him for great things nonetheless. We today may not think we can bless many (if any) people, but God’s power is capable of amazing things.
The requirements for service, however, remain the same. Paul later wrote this: “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind” (Ephesians 4:17). That is a call for people to leave their “homeland” of sin, to no longer trust their own instincts, to no longer live for their own pleasure. Until that separation takes place, God cannot show his power through us.
How this world needs the blessings of the Almighty! God is still willing and able to do marvelous things. But his method is to do it through people, people of faith. Who will heed his call to leave their homeland so that God can make them a blessing to others?
God searches for servants through whom to bless the world.