"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11: 8. According to the historian Josephus, Ur of the Chaldeans was an idolatrous country and had gods for every need, but Abraham did not accept their principles just because someone would say so, he wanted to learn on his own. Abraham did not deny the power of those gods, but he thought that those gods had to report to an even higher hierarchy. And he looked for that hierarchy and found God. From then on, that supreme Being was the only God to him. Abraham believed and trusted that unique God, and God became real in his life. Abraham was considered a man of great wisdom, great virtue, with great understanding, and he tried to persuade people of his discovery, but few believed him, the leaders were outraged and offended by this challenge to their tradition, they consider him a dissident. Surely God knew that Abraham's life was in danger and made the following proposal to him, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” Genesis 12:1-2.
Abraham was 75 years old when he obeyed God’s call and took with him his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot, his servants and all his assets. We all have in us the same capacity that Abraham had; to reason, question, change our way of thinking, and make decisions. Abraham sought and found God, Who promised, "you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. That promise is as real now as it was thousands of years ago. To Abraham doing God’s Will took precedence. There is nothing wrong with having money or possessions, as long as we give God first place. Do you know who has first priority in your life? Same as for Abraham, God should be the most important one, we are here just to remember that we are the beloved children of God, Creator of the Universe. If we neglect this area, our stay here loses all its purpose.
God has a definite plan for us and if we decide to put ourselves in His hands, we will reach our goal. Are you afraid that God will ask of you to do something you cannot do? You can be sure that if God asks something of you, it will be always something you can do, and not only that, but something that at the end will give you satisfaction. Perhaps you have been listening to God’s call but you are not sure it is Him. The call of God is universal, and it comes accompanied by a quiet persistence. Is consistent, gentle and continuous, and it comes associated with peace. It does not provoke you fear. Although it is a universal call, once an individual answer, the response is only for him because God knows what is his advancement. It is only an invitation, and like any other, you are free to accept it or reject it. Perhaps you are resisting to accept it because you don’t think that will bring you the material things or social status you dreamed to have, you think you will lose your dream of greatness you have for your life. But the dream of greatness, literally speaking, it is only a dream.
Perhaps we believe that if we give to God what He is asking of us, it will mean a complete surrender of what we have and we are, but if that represents a sacrifice, God is not asking sacrifices, He just wants us to work in harmony with Him. He doesn’t need anything we have, He only wants our peace and happiness. We don’t have a good reason to be afraid to answer His call at doing what we came to do, which is going to take us to remember our identity. “God is with me. He is my Source of life, the life within, the air I breathe, the food by which I am sustained, the water which renews and cleanses me. He is my home, wherein I live and move; the Spirit which directs my actions, offers me Its Thoughts, and guarantees my safety from all pain. He covers me with kindness and with care, and holds in love the Son He shines upon, who also shines on Him. How still is he who knows the truth of what He speaks today!” ACIM L-222.1.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.