Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

Genesis 12:1‭-‬2

So Abram departed [in faithful obedience] as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.

Genesis 12:4

Last week, we talked about Nehemiah; who not only knew where he was going, but it was his idea. Today, we meet Abram, later to be known as Abraham. He lived where his father Terah had settled after the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel. After his dad passed away, God told Abram to leave the land of his father's to go to a land he would show him. If you know about the enneagram, I am a type six. Very much a planner; very much a, "you gotta give me the rest of the directions," person. God didn't tell him a location at first, He just said to go. So Abram did. He packed up his family and all his stuff and just went🤷‍♀️. Maybe he flipped a coin, maybe he always wanted to see Canaan, maybe he let someone else pick the direction. The bible doesn't say, but he trusted God enough to know that He would lead Him to the right place. When he entered Canaan, God told him that land belonged to his descendants. He built an alter there. He built an alter all over during his travels. Our alters are the testimonies we keep in our hearts and share with others along the journey of our life. The more he traveled, the more land he realized would be his. Not only would his family inherit the land, but Abram would be a blessing to all around him. There's two truths that we can draw from Genesis 12 and 13. When God says go, we may not know the details, but He does; and unlike Abram, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us as we walk. Just start doing something, going somewhere, learning something when God says go, and let him open the doors before you. As young adults, it seems expected of us to have our lives planned out. It's okay to not know. Just step out in faith and listen for God to be your guide.

The second truth is this- God blesses us to bless others. We can give from the abundance of our time, talents, finances, relationships, etc., with the intent of blessing those around. Don't know what to do with your life? Listen, take a step, listen some more, and be a blessing to those around you in the process.

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Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:4‭-‬5

This is the first Time Out Tuesday in a series exploring the "go" of our lives. You may wonder what you are to do with your life. How do you know what God wants you to do? How do you go about it? Do you have to wait for a voice from heaven to tell you to get going; or can you simply see a need- and ask to go?

Nehemiah asked to go. The Isrealites had been in captivity and the walls of Jerusalem torn down. The few people who were able to return home after escaping captivity were sitting ducks. A wall was a city's protection in those days. Without it, any enemy could come and ransack them easily. Nehemiah saw the devastation and dangerous situation his people were in. It very much upset him so that he mourned, fasted, and prayed for days; asking the Lord to give him favor in the king's eyes to go and help his people. The Lord did just that and provided everything he needed to complete his task. What had taken his people years to attempt, Nehemiah completed in 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15). He restored the walls and gates of Jerusalem and peace to the hearts of his people. Psalm 37:4 says that if we delight in God, He will give us the desire of our hearts. If something moves you, it very well could be a passion or interest God has given you. Following Nehemiah's example, spend time in prayer and fasting. Research the logistics of your dream, get counsel from trusted mentors. And when the time is right, go!

Nehemiah encountered some opposition in the process from his enemies, but he sought the Lord, used wisdom, and kept on building until he was finished. As you begin to walk out your journey, passion, project, schooling, new job, family, ministry (get the point?), you may encounter set backs, opposition, doubters, etc. Don't let them stop you. Seek the Lord first (Matthew 6:33.) God will give you favor, wisdom, and provision, just as He gave Nehemiah. Get ready, get set.. Go!

P.s. You should study the book of Nehemiah using the Through The Word app. It's a great story.

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For when one says, I belong to Paul, and another, I belong to Apollos, are you not [proving yourselves] ordinary (unchanged) men? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task:

1 Corinthians 3:4‭-‬5

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

1 Corinthians 3:11

This chapter is mostly correction from Paul for the Corinthians. They divided themselves into groups following either the ministry of Paul or Apollos. He instructs them that he and Apollos are different players on the same team- a team that shares the gospel of Christ. Using the example of gardners, he states that both the person who plants and the person who waters play an important role in the cultivating process. Without planting, there would be nothing to water; and without watering, there would be no harvest.

There are two points I'd like to draw from this illustration. The first is no person's work for the kingdom of God is less important than another's. Just like Paul and Apollos, we work in conjunction with each other for a common purpose- to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around us. You may share God's love with someone, and they come to church. If someone else leads them in the prayer of salvation, it's obvious that you both played a huge and neccessary role in the salvation of that one person. This is just one of many examples I could share.

The second point I'd like to touch on is that we should always ensure that the foundation of our faith is not in any human, but in Christ. Part of the Corinthians problem was that they were solely following one leader and rejecting the teaching of another. The correct approach would have been to learn from both, applying the godly principles and teaching of Paul and Apollos to their relationship with Jesus. When we go to church or bible studies, we should be careful not to put anyone in foundational spot of Christ. We do not glorify the person in the place of God because they're a great teacher or leader; we recognize the authority given to them by God and learn from them. The core desire of those in our ministry team is not for attention on ourselves, but to spur our family of believers on in their pursuit of God. Everyone's work is important and everyone's goal is the same- to bring glory to God. Questions? Comments? Post them in the chat below!

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