"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Most Important After God
17 And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:17-19 (NKJV)
With a single man God created a nation; the only recorder nation directly created and established by God in the world, Israel.
Abraham is recognized as the father of our faith. The Muslim religion also recognized Abraham as the father of their faith.
This article is not about Abraham’s amazing call, but about why he was chosen. The key is found on Genesis 18:19, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
God knew Abraham: That means they had a relationship. This establishes that our number one love, our number one relationship and our number one commitment is the Lord. However, this is not necessarily the reason why God called Abraham,
The reason God chose Abraham was because God knew that Abraham was not going to neglect his family. He knew that Abraham was going to minister to his children and his household in general.
Beloved, after God is family. How many times have you heard this? But now you see it directly in the Word. Abraham was bless by God, but he was call to be a blessing. In Genesis 12:2-3 you see that dramatic call,
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (NKJV)
We see that God’s people are called for greatness. We see that we are a blessed people. But we can’t miss that God is calling us to be so bless that we are able to be a blessing to others. The first people that we need to bless are our own families. Galatians 6:9 tells us,
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (NKJV)
We are called to be a blessing to everyone, but especially to our brothers and sisters in the Lord. If the people we live with, our spouses and children are Christians, they become number one after God. If they are not believers we must understand that the family of believers comes first. Jesus gave us an example in Matthew 12:46-50,
46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (NKJV)
In this life, when everything is set and done, only two things will prove to be important, #1. What did you do with Jesus? And, #2. What did you do with your family? Beloved, surrender your life to God, place Him first and, after God, give priority to your family.
Many are placing their education, career, friends, time searching the net, Facebook, Twitter, etc. above their own families. It is time to stop! Close that laptop! Put that phone away and have a good quality time with your love ones. Don’t wait until they are gone to realize how much you love them…Do it now!
What else can I say? I hope you, at least, thing about these things. God bless you!