Pay attention, this is important (Genesis 22-24)

15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his[d] enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”  Genesis 22:15-18

This past Saturday I met with a group of guys who made a commitment to each other to partner as brothers in Christ to make an impact in the world. It was an incredible moment. Possibly the most important moment was when they realized what they were doing was important.

Oh I hope you lean into the blog this day. I plead with you to pay attention because this in important. Everything you do either is a positive or negative impact on people’s lives. There is no middle ground.

In the Bible we find so many examples of people who were either a positive influence for the gospel or they were a negative influence. I must ask, which are you?

In our focal text, we read on of the most impactful moments in the life of Abraham. Chapter 22 has always been one of those chapters in the Bible that challenges me to obey God knowing that every decision counts.

Now to someone with zero knowledge of God’s Word, they would probably read this chapter and conclude that God was inhumane and barbaric for asking Abraham to sacrifice his son. However, if you know the context of what happened you realize God was placing before Abraham the following:

  • God was calling Abraham to give witness to his commitment to loyalty to God above everyone else.
  • God was calling Abraham to give humanity insight into the greater commitment of God in giving His own Son for the salvation of all people. (John 3:16)

I rejoice as I see a father who loves God above all others. I rejoice as I see a father who was willing to give his son into God’s hands. I rejoice when I see a father who’s son trust in his father’s decisions. I rejoice when the father receives a substitute for his son.

Question, did you see in Abraham’s story a picture of the gospel? Check out John 1:29; I Peter 1:19; Revelation 5:12-14.

I want to challenge you to grasp the impact of your life today! Truly your story can magnify the gospel.

Two questions:

  1. Are you ready to make impact today? I Peter 3:15. Ask God to use you right now.
  2. Are there things you need to remove from your life so that you can make greater impact? Take the time to remove them now, Psalm 32.

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