Good to Great

Genesis 12:2 - "And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous {and} distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]."

If you haven't already, you have got to hear this story about Nate Boyer.  He describes himself in his earlier years as very average, non-descript, "rudderless", without direction.  Then, as a young man just out of high school, while sitting on his couch in his living room, he saw a program on TV about refugees in Darfur, Sudan.  Soon after, he found himself hitching a ride on a plane carrying supplies, and on his way to that very region to help make a difference.  After serving as a volunteer helping, feeding, building and doing whatever was necessary, he enlisted in the US Army Green Berets and served his country through multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  After six years, he earned an honorable discharge.  Never having played a day of organized football in his life, Boyer tried out for the team and played for the University of Texas on a full scholarship, eventually becoming the starting "long snapper".  Going undrafted in the 2015 NFL draft wasn't about to stop Boyer, who eventually signed with the Seattle Seahawks on May 2nd at 34 years old!  You could easily say that Nate Boyer went from "good to great".

In Genesis 12, Abram had a huge decision to make, stay where he was, in the Ur of Chaldees, or follow the Lord's direction.  Previously, in Genesis 11:31, in the Amplified Bible, it says that "Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife, and they went forth together to go from Ur of the Chaldees into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there"…they "settled" there.

To settle means to be resigned to an average, maybe "good" life.  Abram wanted much more.  To do that he had to leave his comfort zone.  In Genesis 12:1 it says, "NOW [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father's house, to the land that I will show you."  That is huge, God is saying to Abram, get away from those that are closest to you, and "I" will make you great!

Great means large, numerous, remarkable, successful, etc.  Like Nate Boyer, we have to make a decision to get off the proverbial couch, and follow God's leading.  That's what Abram did.  As a result, eventually God gave him a name-change from Abram (exalted father) to Abraham (father of a multitude).  And it all started with one decision.  This could be your day to get on the road to greatness. It's your time.  Life may be good, but it's time for God's people to be GREAT!