In a world of Enochs, we need some Abrahams.

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Abel, Enoch, and Noah all worshipped God. Abraham worshipped idols (Joshua 24:2). Abel, Enoch, and Noah all worshipped God but God didn’t choose them to recover what was lost by Adam; Abraham was. In our world, we need some Abrahams.

Abraham grew up worldly. He was just an ordinary guy. Then God called him. Abraham had a couple of false starts, which is typical. Our old ways die hard.

However, once he put his full trust in God, Abraham wouldn’t settle for anything less than what came from God (Genesis 14:23), and he wouldn’t keep anything that belonged to God (Hebrews 7:1-2).

We learn more about Abraham in Hebrews 11:9-10 (NIV): “By faith he dwelt in the promised land as a stranger in a foreign country. He lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Even in the land of God’s promise, Abraham wouldn’t build a house; he wouldn’t build a city. Abraham wouldn’t buy any land except a small plot for Sarah’s grave. He exercised no privileges. 

We Need Enochs

This world has many Christians that faithfully walk with God. These Christians are Enochs. They worship God, fellowship, attend men’s prayer breakfasts, or women’s retreats. They have memorized favorite Bible verses and participated in Bible Bowls, and this is good, and this is right, and this is important. We need to celebrate these fine Christians. With that said, I’ve noticed that the Church needs more Abrahams.

The Church needs Abrahams that will hear God’s call and go out into the unknown. That will carry the burden for what Adam lost. That will allow God to work through them to take back what Jesus paid for with his blood.

We need Abrahams that have a fire in them. Abrahams that look for a city built by God and not man. That see humanity’s works for what they are, pale shadows of God’s greatness.

We need some Abrahams that will leave their homeland and go into the land to which God has called them and do the work to which God has called them.

We need Enochs, but we need more Abrahams. Ask, and Jesus will give you a people, a place, and a purpose.


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