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Chosen to Leave

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  Hebrews 11:8 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.He was chosen to leave.

The father of one my Amish students was chosen by lot to be a minister in his church. On Saturday, he was a father, a school board member, and a hard worker in the community. On Sunday, he became a minister.

The Amish father had no choice in the matter. He could not say, “Gee, I’m really sorry, but this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life.” Or, “Can I have a little more time to think about it?” Nor, “I think you’ve selected the wrong man.”

When the Amish father became a baptized member of the church, he knew this could happen. He also believed if he were chosen by lot to serve as a minister, then God had chosen him for this position. By faith, he would leave his old life and step into his new role to serve his church, his community, and his family as a minister of God.

Abraham, the father of all nations, was also chosen by God to leave his former life. His faith caused him to uproot his family and go into a foreign land, not knowing what to expect or what he would find. He trusted God. God said, “Go,” and Abraham went.

As I thought about Abraham and the Amish father, I wondered if God was asking me to leave something behind, what amazing plans He had for my life, and if I’d be brave enough to go where He called.

Just as the journey wasn’t easy for Abraham or the Amish father, I know it won’t be easy for me. God expects me to have faith, place my trust in Him, and work hard to bring glory to His name.

God is ready to choose you. Prepare now. God has great plans for you.

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Sheryl M. Baker

Sheryl M. Baker enjoys bringing hope and encouragement through God's Word. Her devotions have appeared in Light from the Word, The Secret Place, Power for Today, and christiandevotions.us. She is a contributing author to Yvonne Lehman’s books, Spoken Moments, More Christmas Moments, and Loving Moments. Sheryl lives in northwest Indiana with her husband Ben and spoiled cat Rex. Connect with Sheryl at sherylmbaker.wordpress.com or spunbythepotter.com.