Get Thee Out

Get Thee Out

Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 12:1

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee….”

Talk about a challenge.

When asked about the things people “count on” they will often say things like

  • Their family
  • Their heritage
  • Their country
  • Their home

God called Abram to leave all that behind.

It wasn’t because God has anything against family, heritage, country, and home.  It was because God had a unique job for Abram to do – one that if executed faithfully would result in making of Abram “a great nation.”

I believe God still calls us – all of us – to great and important purposes.  Oh, it may not be to create a people out of which will come salvation.  But it is important nonetheless.

And we must exercise the same faith that Abram had in answering our own unique call.

Sometimes, when it comes to figuring out what God wants us to do; I think we “aim low.”

Who knows, but God, what great task He might have prepared for us?  Who knows which lives, now or in the future, perhaps well into the future will be radically changed for the better if we answer that call faithfully?

I believe in God’s economy every one matters – every single life.

You matter and it matters what you do with the gift of life God has given to you.  God knows you are uniquely suited for it.

So, “get thee out” and get to work – God has a plan – and you are at the center of it all.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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