Genesis 12:1 records the edict of the LORD to Abram, wherein God asked Abram to leave his people (kindred) and his father’s house (family) to go to a place that God was going to show him. Genesis 12:3 ends with the words “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
In these two verses, we can unearth a couple of invaluable hidden treasures …
First, God wants us to love him and obey his commands more than we love our own (people/family).
Second, God wants us to leave our earthly ties so that we can belong to the family of God and as children of God, we would be a blessing to many (many more than our own families and people). The greatest blessing of God to mankind, through the seed of Abraham is Jesus Christ, in whom all nations are blessed.
Points to ponder:
Ask any missionary who has left their own families, responding to the call and command of God, and you will find that their willingness to leave their own ties, so that they could belong to the family of God, brings with it many blessings, not only to themselves but to other families as well. All who believe in Jesus Christ are on a mission as missionaries on earth. Are you willing to leave earthy ties to be a blessing to many by pointing them to Jesus Christ, the greatest blessing above all to mankind? What is God asking you to leave today? How do you respond?
Genesis 12:1, 3 (KJV)
1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.