Genesis 12:1 – Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Genesis 12:2 – And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Genesis 12:3 – And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 12:4 – So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Genesis 12:5 – And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Acts 7:2 – And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
Acts 7:3 – And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
Acts 7:4 – Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
Hello readers, get out. That’s the first thing God had said to Abraham. Get out. If your journey with God hasn’t started with a get out, if there is no get out call and command on your life, you’re not yet on faith’s journey. A lot of Christians today have never gotten out. They don’t want to get out. They don’t want to get out of anywhere and anything. We are talking about Abram today, who was later called Abraham. He is the father of faith. His journey started with God telling him to get out. We all have places in our lives we have to get out from, a place in life where we can’t be if we want to serve and obey God. A place which if we stay there, will stop us from ever going in to the land God has for us.
There’ll be no coming in to Canaan if there is no getting out of Ur of the Chaldees. Abram didn’t just need to get out of Ur… he also then needed to get out of another place called Haran. You see, Abram went to obey God’s call, but he stopped at a place called Haran. He was on his way to Canaan, but there was a delay. We procrastinate, we go to obey God and compromise, we go part of the way… but then we don’t fully follow God or obey him. We pat ourselves on the back in Haran thinking we’re better than everyone else and we’re obeying God… but we still ain’t. Abram was even meant to get out from his kindred… but he took Lot with him. How incomplete our obedience to the faith can be. Only after his dad died did Abram then leave Haran and actually go into Canaan. Maybe you left Ur, but you’ve stopped in Haran rather than going into Canaan. People leave one thing, but they don’t go where God leads them, they find another place and stop there. This is so true. People get out of one place, but stop in another place… both places are where they should not be, with people they should not be with.
Salvation is a getting out. Salvation is when a person wants to get out of a life of sin. They want out. They’re tired of sin, they hate it, they don’t want to do it anymore. They don’t want to serve Satan, they don’t want darkness and bondage and filth and corruption anymore. Salvation is getting out. Did you know that? If your salvation has no getting out… then it’s no salvation. When the Holy Spirit shines in our heart, convicting, reproving, rebuking, exposing, enlightening, illuminating… that person who receives that light thinks I need to do something. Men and brethren… what shall we do? That person turns to Jesus Christ, who is the Saviour from our sin. I need to get out of this life of sin!
It doesn’t just stop there. Many Christians would like a life where Jesus saves them, and then thereafter they take it from there. That is, they want to get out of hell, they want forgiveness… but they want to hang on to their sin, their old life, their old ways. We are saved to serve. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are called out, to go in. The Bible says in Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Maybe you don’t want to obey God and honour him with your life because he’s not in you. God’s not working in your life. God was working in Abram’s life… is he in yours? Salvation is a new birth, Christ in you, dwelling through his Holy Spirit. Maybe you don’t will and do his good pleasure because you’re not saved. The Bible says we are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. So you see, after you believe, the Holy Spirit sanctifies, he purifies our life, he cleans things out, it’s a getting out, so then we can serve God and tell others the gospel and shine as lights in this dark world. Both being saved is getting out and the life thereafter is getting out.
Nobody wants to get out today. Nobody is out. Nobody’s in Canaan either. Why is that? They’ve never answered the call to get out. It’s a call they aren’t interested in. We like it in Mesopotamia. Abram heard God’s word, and he heeded it. He heard, and acted upon it. People don’t care about God’s word, that’s why they never get God’s call. And that’s why they don’t get out. Why is it so hard for people to get out? Because they don’t wanna get out. If you wanted to get out, it wouldn’t be so hard to convince someone of the need to get out. People, Christians included, they have a hard time wanting to and getting out. because they like their sin, their old life. Maybe you don’t want to get out of your rebellion, sin, disobedience, pride, lust, selfishness… maybe you don’t want to get out because you like it there. It’s comfortable, it’s convenient, it’s what you know.
See, Abram’s step of faith was getting uncomfortable. He was leaving an established life, family, friends, jobs, gods… everything… for an unknown. He was now walking by faith. He was making a decision based on trusting God’s word. Think of how big this step was. He hadn’t seen the land he was going, he had to up and go, he was going out on a limb. We read it like it was easy. But it wasn’t. That’s why we refuse God’s call on our lives, because it takes us out our comfort zone, out of what we know, out of our life of ease and having it made. Maybe you don’t want to get out, or answer the call… because you know that there is a cost. Don’t think there wasn’t a cost to Abram’s decision, it cost him a lot. Following Jesus Christ will cost you, maybe a cost that you don’t want to pay.
There was another guy who got out… a guy called Lot. You see, someone joined Abram for the journey. Someone who came with him, who would then split from him. People, even those close to you, they’re gonna split from you at some point. Will that cause you to fall away? Lot got out, that sounds good right? But later on, he went into Sodom. See, God called Abram… not Lot. What a danger in Christianity because many people have no personal call and personal relationship with God. That’s why they fall away, that’s why they are tossed around in their Christian walk. There’s no stability and foundation there, they go from this to that, they just go where the flow is taking them. Even Lot… he was attached to Abraham…. Abraham! Judas Iscariot was attached to Jesus Christ… yet had a devil.
You never see Lot communing with and fellowshipping with God himself. God went to see Abram.. not him. All we know is Lot followed Abraham around. He was living on Abram’s faith. Trouble coming. Because when separated from Abraham… things went in a spiral. So often what we do is because of others, not because of our own relationship and conviction of the truth of God’s word ourselves. We never have a faith and walk with God of our own. Life will sort that out. Abram had to save him in Genesis 14, you’d have think he would’ve learnt his lesson of the folly of living in Sodom and companying there… but he went right back there. So often God delivers us from sin, from stuff in our lives, and we go right back. So many Christians are like Lot, they want a bit of God, but their love of the world is even stronger.
Abram wasn’t perfect. We see lots of mistakes. No sooner had Abram answered the call, he left Ur of the Chaldees… but then he stopped off in Haran. And in Haran he was delayed. It was only after his father died that he started moving again. Maybe death close to you is what’s going to make you move. So often death wakes people up to the realities of life. Terah was preventing Abram from obeying God and going to the land God had told him to go and from the blessing of God. Who’s delaying you? Terah his father delayed Abram. And his life went nowhere. Is your life moving? Or you’re in some inbetween phase of wanting to obey God but also wanting other things in your life as well. Who and what is stopping you from obeying God and getting out and going in? You see, it’s not just a get out… but it’s a go in. God doesn’t just tell you to get out and that’s it. He’s got a place for you to go.
The promise of blessing was in Canaan. How many people have no desire for God’s blessing. That place isn’t worth leaving Ur for. You warn people about hell, you tell them about forgiveness, eternal life, heaven… no interest at all. For many people, God’s word, God’s calling, the gospel… it’s nothing to them. It’s not worth leaving for! But for Abram… it was worth it. That’s why he left, that’s why he got out. God’s blessing and approval and favour was worth going after.
By the way, I noticed something I’d never noticed before. God had said “unto a land that I will shew thee”. See, so many of us, if we get truly honest, we aren’t interested in the land God will show us. We aren’t interested in his will for our lives. We don’t have an interest in what God shows us, but in what we want and envision for ourselves. Abram wanted what God wanted for his life. We usually aren’t interested in God showing us what job we should take, who we should marry, what we should do with our lives. People want their way, to please themselves, it’s about their pride and lust… not interested in God showing them anything. God showing you something means your pride is taken down a bit right. When God’s word is declared, it’s God showing us.. and people don’t like that. They hate the light.
If there’s no get out, then there’s no go in. We go out, to go in. Maybe you think you’ve gone in, but you’re really in Haran. See, Abram wasn’t obeying God’s word in Haran. He was on his way to, but he wasn’t. Is there anything that God has got you out of? The very first thing God said was get out. We need to get out of sin, of going to hell, of being mastered by Satan and our flesh. We need to get out of this world’s system, we need to get out of a life of deceit and lies and darkness. Getting saved is getting out. It’s being translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. It’s a going out to go into Canaan… the place God wants us to be, the place of God’s blessing. It starts with God’s word, the call of God, the gospel. Salvation starts with believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. It starts with what you do with God’s word. Where does God want you to get out of today? He’s got a good place for your to go… but do you really want to go there? Is there any get out in your life? Or you’re not interested in those words… get out. Remember, without getting out, there will be no going in.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)