“The LORD 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.”— Genesis 12:1-2
You might be surprised to learn that if you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium you put it in. Sharks can be six inches long yet fully matured. But if you let them loose in the ocean, they will grow to their normal length.
Sadly, this is what happens spiritually to many Christians today. They grow up in church, never get out of the “culture of Christianity”, and they live their whole lives never being challenged in their faith. This leads to stunted growth… resulting in generations of Christians who never reach their full potential!
Yes, the world is filled with little six-inch Christians who swim around in their puddle. You can look at them and comment on how fine they are. But if you were to put them out into a larger arena into the broad view of a whole creation, much like God did to Abram in today’s passage, they might become so much greater.
God will help us not to be confined to a little puddle out of fear or insecurity, but instead to see that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. If we will have internal integrity and relate to the larger world in the ways He has ordained, we will be able to grow and serve Him in ways we’ve never imagined!
Pray and ask God to show you where you can step out of your puddle and become great for Christ!
Questions for thought
Keep reading in Genesis 12. How did Abram respond to God’s command? What made him into the hero of faith in Scripture that we know today?
What are some opportunities you may have today or this week to step outside of your comfort zone?