Change and prospects!
Verse for Today: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Genesis 17:5 – No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.
God seeks to elevate those who put their faith in Him. He gives them greater role in His plans and programs as they trust Him to break, mold and reshape their lives. When God called Abram, he was an exalted, but childless father in his clan. Yet through his worship and sacrifices at Bethel and Hebron, Abram committed himself to God to reorganize his life prospects. When Abram surrendered himself to God, he walked according to God’s call and instructions. He talked to God just as friends talk to each other. He believed all the promises God gave him. When God received Abram to Himself totally, it pleased God to change his identity and character. Abram was no longer to live as a childless exalted father of his clan, but to become Abraham, the father of many nations. God looked into the prospects of Abram in the future. It was God’s plan that many nations, kings including the King of kings and rulers emerge from him. Abram was to receive the everlasting covenant on behalf of Israel and to inherit the land of Canaan which pointed towards the everlasting covenant of grace between God and man. His experience of Canaan stood for the life of Christ’s followers. Today God gives all His spiritual blessings to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who came to the earth through the faith of Abraham. Like Abraham, our faith will become a reality when we allow God to change us according to His good, pleasing and perfect will. It happens through devotion, commitment and sacrifice of all that you are and have at His altar as did Abraham.
Dear reader, are you willing to submit yourself as a living sacrifice at the altar? Such devotion comes as a result of your realization of the greatness of God to elevate you and make you a blessing. It involves the fulfillment of His promises in your life. It will be consequent of the remolding of your life by His own hands at His time. He forgives your past with all its failures, defeats, losses and detours when you repent. He is willing to rebuild your life just as He did with the life of Abraham. It is futuristic because God sees only the prospects of repentant lives. God remolds us when we make our lives fully available to Him. The ruins of our past will be wiped out in His grace and a new testimony will be built in the future according to His plans for us. He rewards us with an impact oriented future when we submit ourselves to Him as in the case of Abraham. When we submit our past with all its inadequacies, God will enrich us and enable us to touch other lives to make it a blessing. Our best is yet to come in God’s will. He will rewrite our lives to touch other lives to transform it to great blessings as Abraham has become a blessing to all the nations. Today God challenges us to allow Him to rewrite the story of our lives futuristically to make it a blessing. Let our lives touch other lives to impart spiritual healing, strengthened faith and rebuilt relationships. Let us become streams of living water so that others can quench their thirst and find rest and peace in Jesus. Let us not waste our days in quest for the perishable fortunes of this world, but find the imperishable goodness of our God in our lives so that the spiritually poor lives may be made rich.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through (Jesus) who gives me strength.
Thought for Today
A surrendered life knows no boundaries for God to make use of it.
Prayer for Today
Lord! Help me to make my life unconditionally available to you so that You can use me to touch other lives to make it a blessing. Amen!