Pastor Kent Munsey: There Is More Action
Genesis 12:1-4, NIV
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
You’re never too old or too young when it comes to living a life of meaning and significance in line with God’s mission. In this Missio Dei season at City Church, we are learning what it means to walk out the mission, the plans and the purposes of God. Missio Dei is the Latin term for God’s mission. In Genesis 12, Abraham shows us what it looks like to live on purpose and to be a part of God’s mission.
Here are 5 things we can learn from Abraham about living on mission:
Hear: Abraham heard God. This means that God and Abraham had a relationship. Our God is a speaking God. Often, God is speaking but we miss it because we don’t recognize his voice. God’s voice is the same yesterday, today and forever. When you look at scripture you can begin to acclimate yourself to God’s voice. In this Missio Dei season, we are leaning in and listening to hear God’s voice. If you’re willing to listen, God is willing to speak.
Believe: Abraham believed what God told him. It’s one thing to hear God; it’s another to believe what you hear. Hebrews says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. There are many things in the Bible and in our faith that are scientifically impossible. But we serve a God who is not confined to science and human reasoning. With God, nothing is impossible.
Speak: Abraham spoke about God’s promises. It’s one thing to hear God and believe him, but it’s another thing to tell people that you heard and believe God. there must be a season of divine annunciation of the present promise. When you begin to speak about the promise and purpose God has for you. The spirit of faith says I believe therefore I speak. When you hear God and believe God, you can’t help but talk about it.
Act: People of faith act. Simon Peter heard the call of God, believed it, spoke about it, and he acted. Let’s pray that we would a church that acts on what we believe. When Jesus called to his disciples in the boat, Peter didn’t just believe him, he acted on it and stepped out of the boat to meet Jesus on the water. When you hear God’s voice, act on it.
Focus: When the enemy can’t destroy you or detour you from God’s plan, he will try to distract you. One of the greatest enemies of our souls is fatal distractions. Let’s stay focused on God’s mission and his plan for our lives in this season.
- Have you ever heard the voice of God?
- How do you discern God’s voice?
- What kinds of things do you hear God saying to you?
- Do you talk about what God is saying? What kind of impact does that have on you and on others?
- Have you ever acted on what God has spoken to you, or wished that you had?
- Are you aware of any distractions pulling you away from God’s purpose? How can you set your focus on the mission of God in this season?