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February 23- Free to Follow

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Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” -Genesis 12:1-2

This is what we know about Abram from Scripture. Not much. We know his father had just died. We know he was 75 years old. We know that he was married to Sarai. That’s it.

Which of these carries the most weight for you in understanding why Abram was able to say “Yes” to God’s command? What about him made him strong enough to leave everything he had known and set out into the unknown?

Was it that his father had died, so he no longer had ties to take care of him? Did he have a new sense of “now I can do what I want to do”? Was it that at 75, he knew he wasn’t getting any younger, so it was time to conquer the bucket list? Or was it that he knew Sarai was the best companion he could have for such a trip, so why not go?

What would make you freer to follow God’s call today? Are you waiting for that thing to make it easier, or, could you go ahead and go after God, and see what happens?

Calling God, would you send me on an errand for you? Let me heed your nudges today. Thank you for choosing to work through your people in every generation.

Serve God outside your comfort zone today. Bring soup to a neighbor, say hi to a stranger, pray for an enemy- something you normally wouldn’t do. Take a step towards getting freed up to follow.

If you were going on a trip to follow God to an unknown place, what would you need to pack? Have the kids pack an actual suitcase using their imagination.