Roots: Abraham and Isaac
As a young pastor early in my career I pictured myself one day preaching before large crowds. Crowds that had gathered to hear me, yes me, preach and their hearts and lives would be changed and the world would be saved. And that’s what I lived for. It was a dream that drove my work ethic, my preparation of sermons, and my practice of ministry. In the first church I pastored I thought I would stay there a couple of years and move to a larger church and I would stay there for a few years and leave for a larger church and on and on until 15 years from then I would have moved my way up and would be pastoring a church in the thousands and my hopes and dreams would be fulfilled. So after my third year in my first church I told my District Superintendent I was ready to move. I needed to stick to my 15 year plan. But I didn’t move that year, or the next, or even the next. I stayed another three years and some amazing healing occurred in that church during those final three years. And then I was appointed to a bit larger church. I thought maybe I would be there three years and then move to something bigger. I stayed 13 years and was healed of my idolatrous quest to “succeed” in ministry.
But I never would have realized my idolatry until I had to make that choice between my goal of pastoring a large church or serving God alone. Abraham faced the same kind of decision when God called him to sacrifice his son Isaac. He would never have realized how idolatrous his love for his son had become until he was called to give him up.
This Sunday at First Church we are continuing our series entitled “Roots: Back to Our Beginnings” as we examine the story of Abraham and Isaac. In this story we will discover two very important truths and how those truths impact our own faith journeys. I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday at 10:45 am at Oklahoma City First Church as we take a fresh look at this story of Abraham and Isaac!