Sunday, 19 April 2015
Rev. Daniel Poon
Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:7-9)
1. Blessed by Calling
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)
When we hear this, do we think it’s a blessed calling or a curse? Abram accepted God’s calling, therefore he left his country, his people and his household to go to a place he does not know anything about. Even though God never gave him a GPS or a map to follow, but Abram just enjoyed this mission and received it by faith.
2. Believe by Faith
And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:3-6)
Sometimes we made same mistakes as Abram. We started walking God way using our own methods. At the end we are tied and lost hope for the future. Rev. Daniel reminded us that what we need is to wait and prepare ourselves for God’s best timing. As long as we believe it wholeheartedly, God will make it happen.
3. Action by Obedience
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. (Genesis 22:2-3)
Here God challenged Abraham to sacrifice his only son and tested his faith. Who is the “son” in our lives? Is it our money, study, family or job? If there is something we cannot offer to God, then we are leading our own lives. Only when we decided to obey and listen to God’s instruction accordingly, we can receive the blessings from God, and be the blessings to our nation.