God’s formation of Abraham amidst his journeying, as evidenced in the promise and threefold covenant making, is typical of the Pentateuch as a whole. God will work through Abraham and his descendants to bring blessing to the whole of his creation, but first he has to work in Abraham and his descendants to make them truly a people of the blessing. As L. Hyde notes, “A gift that has the power to change us awakens a part of the soul. But we cannot receive the gift until we can meet it as an equal. We therefore submit ourselves to the labor of becoming like the gift.” This is the labor to which Abraham is called as he journeys through the land which God will give to his descendants. “To be a blessing requires a journey within, a reorientation.” (Craig Bartholomew, Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today)
Yesterday as we continued our series “Coordinates,” we explored God’s call upon Abram’s life to leave behind the familiar and go to the land which God promised. The theme of journey is a powerful one in Scriptures as God continually calls people to move from one place to another, both physically and spiritually.
If it is true that God desires to work in us before God works through us, what sort of reorientation needs to happen on your life?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- All Creatures of Our God and King (Crowder version)
- The Earth Is Yours (Gungor)
- Reading of Psalm 46
- Mighty Fortress (Aaron Shust and Paul Baloche)
- Announcements and Offering
- Here’s My Heart (Passion)
- Prayer for Illumination
- Message (Coordinates – The Journey)
- Reprise of Mighty Fortress
- Benediction (2 Corinthians 13:13)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this past weekend in worship at The Worship Community.