Pastor Rielly McLaren has been listening to the whispers of the Spirit. After six years of ministry with New Song Church as a part-time assistant he is sensing that his season as one of our teachers is winding down.

Although the path ahead is not yet fully defined, there is a clear indication that it’s time to let go and start walking in a new direction. This is a common trait of the faith life. 

If we look at Abram’s calling we find a pattern.

Genesis 12:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

First, the calling of God is personal and requires that we willingly let go of the familiar setting and familiar relationships. Faith requires us to move forward into uncertainty where we will discover the God of certainty. God calls us to move out as explorers into uncharted territory.

Second, God has a method in the madness of transition. The Lord’s intention was to make Abram a great blessing to all people, not just the ones he had been comfortable with. Blessing is at the heart of God’s calling in your life.

Third, God defends those he calls. If people treat his person well, God rewards them. If people mistreat his called one, they will experience a lack of God’s blessing.

My next couple posts will give tribute to 'my favourite preacher' and friend.


Carolynne said…
Wishing Rielly good things as his path takes a change or detour. The future will unfold at God's will