Would you lay your life down for Christ? This is a very real question that people around the world and even here in America are forced to answer often at gunpoint. But even if you were not faced with a life and death decision, are you willing to give your life to Christ? Your dreams, your character, your livelihood etc.?
In Genesis 22 we find the story of Abraham and Isaac as they followed God in obedience on a three day journey to make a sacrifice. As the time came for the sacrifice it became obvious to Isaac that he would be one laying his life down. Abraham trusted that God would intervene because the Lord had promised him that a great nation would come from his son through his wife Sarah.
What does God expect you to do?
- God expects you to follow Him.The word obedience is synonymous to follow. God desires that we choose to love and trust Him with our lives for all eternity. When Jesus said “Come, follow Me”, He was asking for a commitment.
- God expects you to worship Him.One writes says that obedience is worship. Often we think of worship as an event. Rather it is a lifestyle of continued renewal and awareness of God and honoring Him in our lives. Certainly we should worship corporately, but know that worship can begin when you awaken each day and should occur throughout the day as you commune with God.
- God expects you to go the distance.The journey that Abraham and Isaac took was over 50 miles and took them three days. Abraham had waited for 25 years for a son. Now he was walking in obedience to worship God with his son. Often God does not answer our prayers immediately. We must wait and be willing to go the distance.
- God expects you to lay down your life.The passage from Romans 12 states that God is looking for us to give Him complete control to act in and through us. We are not robots, but human instruments of His love and joy. In our church we use the phrase, “leveraging our lives for Christ.” Every day we must allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us for the sake of Christ and His kingdom.
“The Lord will provide” is the name that Abraham gave to the place where he and Isaac were willing to honor God with their lives. God did provide a ram to sacrifice that day. He provided Abraham and Isaac the opportunity to show their devotion and willingness to sacrifice the most precious thing they had. Christ Jesus became our sacrificial Lamb and He has provided for our salvation and for an abundant life with Him.
What does God expect from you?