Thought for Thursday

Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:6,7

Think for a moment of the Pharisees as they bragged to the Lord Jesus that they were Abraham’s children. And naturally speaking, they were. They looked backward in their family tree to the greatest patriarch of all time. Abraham had a wonderful heritage. Not only are all of the children of Israel descendants of his, but so too are many of the Arab nations, in particular those that are the descendants of Ishmael and Esau. But our text tells us that the real descendants of Abraham are not necessarily those who are physically his seed but those who are his spiritual seed. And that is hugely important to us today, because all of the great blessings that God promised to Abraham and to his seed are available to us.

Abraham became the father of the faithful because of his great faith. It was simple faith: he simply believed God. Granted, the circumstances were challenging. Few of us would have responded as he did when God called him to leave his home and go to a faraway land that he knew nothing about. It is significant to note that Abraham’s belief brought about a response. It led him huge distances from Ur to Canaan. It led him from whatever type of life he enjoyed in Ur to the nomadic life of a tent-dwelling herdsman and shepherd for the rest of his long life.

So, how do we measure up as the descendants of Abraham? Our salvation was a start. But only a start. How has your faith in Christ changed your life? If it has not changed it, or not changed it much, search your foundations, to make sure you are indeed ‘of faith’. Abraham proved that belief in God made a huge difference. You must do the same. Are you still residing in Ur, or have you made some progress toward the promised land? Have you left behind the trappings and tinsel of the old life? Have you accepted the role of a stranger and pilgrim?

Let your faith make a difference today. March with Abraham into God’s great promises. -Jim MacIntosh

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