Follow Me

Hebrews 11:8-10

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
 

I remember as a child it seemed like everywhere my parents took me was a secret! The conversation between me and my Dad would go like this… “Son, go and get in the truck”, Dad would command. “Where are we going?” I would ask. The answer would almost always be, “You will find out when we get there!” Without meaning to, Dad was showing me what faith is supposed to be like as I placed my full trust in his wisdom that the destination was where I needed to be.

In some small way, I think this is where Abraham was that day in Ur of the Chaldees when God came to him and said, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Gen 12:1). He had no idea what the destination was going to be. All he knew was that God had told him to go, so he went. He left his family, friends, home and job and set out for the desert. He lived in tents with his family the rest of his life as he followed God and trusted in Him to keep the promises that He had made. Always with his eyes on the horizon looking for that “city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”.

What has God called you to do today? We say that we are seeking God’s will for our lives, but many times what we are really looking for is for God to take the map of our lives and place a star on the destination so we know where we are going and can plan out the trip! God want’s us to set out like Abraham and follow Him, trusting that the destination that He has in mind will be where you need to be. When Jesus called his disciples, he did not sit down with each one and explain what the next three and a half years would hold for them. He simply said, “Follow me”. On the shore of Galilee when Jesus was speaking to Peter in John 20, twice he gave the command “Follow me.” Peter had so many questions about what the future would bring, but Christ was calling him to set out by faith and follow.

What is God’s will for your life? To follow Him. Does that mean you end up on the mission field? Does that mean that God wants you in the ministry? Am you supposed to take a Sunday School class? Should you go across the street with a basket of food and invite my neighbor to Church? We have all of these questions about what God wants us to do, but he truth is He has simply said “Follow me”. And as we follow, he will direct us as we read and apply His word and follow the Spirit’s guidance in our lives. Where are you going to end up? I don’t know. But just as in the life of Abraham, the destination that awaits us is more than worth it!

Let us ReFocus our hearts and minds on Christ today as we step out in faith and follow Him!



While there is still time

Hebrews 11:7

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
 
 
 
 

There is a well-known book titled, Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Let me suggest another: Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Noah:

  1. Don’t miss the boat.
  2. We are all in the same boat.
  3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
  4. Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something big.
  5. Don’t listen to critics; just do the job that needs to be done.
  6. Build your future on high ground.
  7. For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
  8. Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  9. When you’re stressed, float a while.
  10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
  11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.
 

While these are all great lessons, Noah’s example of faith is what we are focusing on today. Just like Enoch, we find that Noah, too, had the testimony in his life that he walked with God (Gen 6:9). However, rather than take him to heaven like God did with Enoch, Noah was given a task to do. Mankind had fallen so deep into sin that the judgment of God would soon rain (literally) down on the world. Noah believed God’s word and began to prepare for the coming judgement by following God’s direction and building an ark.

However, Noah did more than build. In 1 Peter 2:5 we find that he was also a preacher of righteousness. He stood out among a wicked world as the only person who followed God, all the while proclaiming the coming judgement and preaching to them the righteousness of God. Then, when the time came, God directed Noah to gather the animals and his family into the ark and the rain started.

Through the faith of Noah his family was saved and was used by God to repopulate the earth. Just as in the days of Noah, the world today stands on the cusp of God’s judgement. There is coming a day when Christ is going to remove His church from this earth, an event referred to as the rapture. Then during the next seven years God’s judgement will rain down on mankind once again. God’s word has warned us and now we, as God’s servants, must stand in faith and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ while there is still time.

May we ReFocus our hearts and minds on the word of God as we live out in faith its truth by proclaiming the grace and mercy of Christ to a world that will soon be under the judgement of God.



Just a closer walk with thee

Hebrews 11:5-6

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, qthat he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

A story is told of a little girl who came home from Sunday School one day and her mother asked her what she had learned about. The little girl said, “We talked about Enoch.”

“Oh, you did?”, her mother asked. “What did you learn about him?”

“Well, apparently”, the little girl began, “Enoch was a man who used to walk with God. God would come by Enoch’s house every morning and say to him, ‘Enoch, would you like to go for a walk with me today?’ and Enoch would go with Him.

Well, I guess this went on and on for a really long time, and every day they would walk a little farther. One day, they walked so far and it got so late in the day that God told Enoch, ‘Enoch, we really walked a long way today, and it’s getting really late. We are a lot closer to my house than we are yours. Why don’t you come home with me.’ So, Enoch went home with God to His house.”
 

Today we are considering the faith of Enoch. We first learn about him in Genesis 5 where the genealogies from Adam start. As Moses begins to reveal to us the children of Adam that led to Israel we see a pattern emerging. Adam fathered Seth…and died. Seth fathered Enos…and died. Enos fathered Cainan…and died. This continues until the we get to Enoch. His testimony is a light of hope in a dark world. Enoch fathered Methusalah…and was not! Rather than facing death, God removed Enoch from this world and took Him to heaven.

What was so different about him? Genesis tells us that he “walked” with God. He followed God, He Fellowshipped with God. He was known for the amount of time He spent with his Lord. Hebrews tells us he pleased God. While I am sure he was not perfect, he strove to live a life of faith toward, taking God at His word and seeking to put it into practice.

Did that conversation that the young lady heard in Sunday School actually happen. Probably not. But it does make me think. If Christ came back for His church today, how long of a trip would it be for me to go home to Heaven. Would Christ look at my faith and find that I am closer to Him than I am to this world?

Today, as we ReFocus our hearts and minds on Christ and His word, consider the faith of Enoch. Let us be found walking with God unashamedly.  Let us be found believing God’s word unreservedly. May we be said to have this testimony, that our lives pleased God.