This weekend is our fourth time in as many weeks to come together and learn from Abraham’s life. So far, he’s taught us about legacy, trust, and honor. In our fourth installment in the life of Abraham, he’ll show us about transformation.
In the dictionary, the word “transformation” means “a thorough or dramatic change.” But in scripture, when you see the word “transformation,” it takes on an even deeper meaning. For example, take Paul’s comments in Romans 12:
Romans 12:2a NLT
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
The Greek word for “transform” here is “metamorphoo,” which is where we get our word metamorphosis. The most common image that comes to mind when thinking of a metamorphosis transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly: caterpillar—cocoon—butterfly.
The transformation that God calls his people to IS “a thorough and dramatic change,” but it's more profound than that…it’s a metamorphosis…it’s you becoming something completely new and different because of the deep work of grace in your life.
If you drive through a large US city and pass a church, a mosque, and a synagogue, the worshippers inside of every one of them see themselves as children of Abraham. Three of the world’s largest religions, the majority of the world’s population, look to Abraham as the father of their faith.
Too often, when people study Abraham’s life, they see all these big things and the lasting results and residual of his life. That may be true, but there is something so much more significant that it always gets overlooked.
Abraham was responding to the call of God. The call of God is what makes your life unique. It’s what sets you apart and marks you for something unique. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. In our circles, when someone here’s the phrase “the call of God,” we immediately assume the Call to pastoral ministry or preaching or missions.
Pastoral ministry is not at all what I’m referring to when I speak of the call of God on Abraham’s life. Abraham's call, was a call to a relationship, a call to a profound personal encounter, a call to know God and be known by God. And Abraham’s response to that call is what made him “bigger” than life.
God is extending that same call is to every one of us in this room or watching online: It’s The Divine Call to Leave an Eternal Legacy.