Genesis 23:4
“I am a foreigner and a visitor among you…”

2015/01/img_1324.jpgAbraham was not an emperor or a king, He was not an author, an artist or even a relatively famous man in his day. Yet, he has become one of the most influential individuals in all of history. He is a main character, not only in the book of Genesis, but in the entirety of the Bible. He is called the father of faith, and his story has been a source of encouragement for generations. What was it about this nomadic shepherd that caused him to become so influential?

I think, part of it is found in the word he used to describe himself, “I am a foreigner and a visitor among you…” Abraham never let himself get too attached to the world in which he lived. He saw this life as something transient, and chose to live for the eternal. The writer of Hebrews put it this way,

Hebrews 11:9-10
“By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

I think it is worth noting, Abraham had the greatest impact upon earth because he lived for heaven. In contrast, his nephew, Lot, did all he could to fit in to what was culturally acceptable in his day, and found he was unable to influence anyone.

If we want to have a big impact on others for the kingdom of God, it will not be by buying into the value system of pop culture, but by living as a foreigner and a visitor of the world. Instead of trying to always fit in, we should be trying to influence others to come to, and follow after, Christ.

Pastor Jim


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