WHO ARE WE?: The Call of Abraham22 May 2019
by Audrey Nair
On Friday 10th May, whist at the Prayer Furnace, Fusi led us in prayer for the nations. God has recently been pointing City Hill Church in the direction of nations that are new to us.
What an exciting conversation with God that was! Genesis 12 came alive with meaning and purpose during that time of intercession. City Hill! Did you know that we embody the call of Abraham? Yes! We do. Let me show you how…
The NKJV Bible titles the twelfth chapter of Genesis as: Promises to Abram
Now the Lord has said to Abram:
“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:1-3)
Almost everyone of us at City Hill is an expatriate. We have left our country of origin and bid farewell to our family and father’s house to come to the city of Dubai.
Although the reason for our move to stay in this place may have initially been a job or a marriage, or maybe other circumstances, verse 1 makes it abundantly clear that it is God who set it all in motion. It was He that highlighted Dubai as the “go to” place, when we accepted that job offer, marriage or other proposal.
It was He that predestined, called and adopted us to become His children, whilst intentionally placing us together in City Hill as members of the body of Christ with a unique identity and purpose.
So! WHO ARE WE? We are:
1. A Great Nation
“I will make you into a great nation” was His faithful word to Abraham. And to you and me as well. Let us see ourselves through God’s eyes. If He sees us as a great nation…then that is who we are! Even though a census may document a different reality, let’s choose to prophetically embrace what God has put in our DNA.
2. A Blessed People & A Blessing:
“I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” – This assures me that God will prosper us as we join Him in His work. As trees planted by His steams in the desert, He will cause us to bud and flower, bear fruit and flourish for the blessing of this city and the nations across the globe in which He has set His heart upon and which are precious in His sight.
3. A Favoured & Protected People:
God’s favour rests on us. He protects His people as the shepherd does his flock. Anyone who supports and joins hands with the church in kingdom work will be the glad recipient of His lavish blessing. But he that opposes God’s people will pit himself in a losing battle against God. “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you”, says our God.
4. Commissioned Disciples of Jesus Christ:
City Hill, our mission is to be a blessing to the nations within Dubai and outside of her boundaries, to the far flung corners of the earth. “And in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – This is our mandate. And we have been called to fulfil it.
Take the word “Commission” apart and you will hear Jesus calling you: “Come! Mission with me”. It’s that personal.
Abram didn’t think twice when he heard God’s call. Verse 4 tells us, “So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him…” – Immediate and obedient action! The result was the release of every promised blessing for that time and down the generations even to this day.
Zechariah also inspires me. He agreed with God’s plan for his son, John (the Baptist) and prophetically declared it over his newborn as he held him in his arms. (Luke 1:76-79)
I too agree with God’s mandate for City Hill Church. And with faith in Him, declare this over us all:
And you, City Hill… Are called to go and make disciples of all the nations, you are sent to baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, the Most High commissions and authorises you to go to the nations to teach them to observe all things that He has commanded you.
And the Lord, your God will be with you always, even to the end of time. (Paraphrasing Matt. 28:19-20)
We don’t have to go it alone. God Himself will go ahead of us and even be with us.