I have been sharing a lot about greatness because it is our year of greatness. You are going to be great in the house of the Lord. Last week, I spent some time speaking on the greatness of Abraham. Today, I would like to continue speaking on the subject of Abraham’s blessing.
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). Abraham was promised greatness so much so that God promised to make even his name great. When you look at Abraham, there are things about him that we must follow if we want to follow in the footsteps of greatness. One of these things was Abraham’s wealth. “And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together” (Genesis 13:1-2, 5-6). This is one of the principles of economics, that the land will not be able to sustain the people in it. “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar” (Genesis 13:10). Sometimes, you have a group of people moving together that have similar features: they are all prospering, all doing well and more, just like Abraham and Lot. However, Lot was not called. Abraham was. When there are groups together, you must know that even though they may look similar, they are not all similar or called. It is important for you to recognize greater callings in people and not to equalize yourselves. Even though I went to school at the same time with my assistant Bishops, they have never related with me as coequals. They have always recognized a great calling on my life. When you are with someone, do not allow it to get into your head and say “we are all called.” That is the thought of an “orangu” (a disloyal person). This thought will make you disconnect yourself from the real blessing.
“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly” (Genesis 13:10,13). Lot chose a land that in the natural looked good but was full of sinful people. When you are making decisions, do not make decisions just based on natural prosperity. Do not say to yourself “this looks good so I am going to do it for financial reasons.” Even in the world, never do anything solely because of money. It is not a good aim. Those who are not focused on money in business are the ones who obtain it. Money is a very destructive goal in any endeavor. If everything is about profit, it does not work well. Receive the grace to make decisions not because they look good but because they are in alignment with God’s will for your life. You are following in Abraham’s greatness.