I am continuing my sermon series on answering God's call by looking at Sarah and Abraham. I will focus on Genesis 12, 17, and Hebrews 12.
In thinking about Abraham, I can't help but focus on his age, which is mentioned several times in the above passages. Abraham did all of the things that he is known for (by all three major religions) when he was well in to the twilight of his life. The big struggle I'm having is how does a thirty year old convey to a church that is mostly comprised of senior citizens that God is not done with them and that their most significant days may be ahead of them. I'm curious about how others of you speak across the generational gap. Are you intentional about it?
I guess that's why I threw in the Hebrews passage. It takes faith to make the steps that take you out of death and into productive living. When talking about Abraham and Sarah, I tend to remind people, often to their dismay, that Isaac was not immaculately conceived. There had to be some "action" on their part to live into the call that God made on their lives.
One of my primary illustrations for this week is the recent fascination with Betty White. Why is she everywhere all of a sudden? I think it's because she hasn't stopped living. She doesn't take herself too seriously and continues to do what obviously makes her happy and to live into her gifts. Consequently, she might be making more money now than she did at any other point in her career.
Any way, I preach on Sunday and these are my thoughts on Thursday. All thoughts are subject to change.
How about you? What are you preaching on this weekend?