“Get out!” These two words are considered pivotal in a relationship. They usually express disbelief that something is too good to be true, like “Get out, that is awesome!” or they express disdain when something is disliked or someone is angry, like “Get out, leave me alone!” When you are in a relationship and you hear the words “Get out” coming from your spouse or the person that you love, it usually signals there is trouble in paradise. We like the comforts that home and a happy relationship bring. When we are told to get out or leave home most times this order is not considered kind or beneficial. Who wants to obey and be thrown out? Usually, just the thought of leaving is painful. Most times this harsh order is followed by more hurtful words like, “Get out of my way,” “Get out of my house,” “Get out of my life!” We rarely think of leaving home as a blessing.
Yet, when God told Abraham to “Get out” He meant it for good. God threw Abraham out of his home to bless others. God told Abraham, “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 will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:1-2 NKJV). When God told Abraham to get out He meant it as a blessing for everyone, even for us today. One of my favorite definitions of worship is, “Worship is extravagant love and extreme obedience.” Abraham learned to show his extravagant love for God through his extreme obedience to God. He obeyed and got out. When he did, Abraham’s worship practices changed the world!
Maybe it is time for us to get out. Maybe in our worship it is time for us to get out of our comfort zones. It is time for us to get out of the mindset that our church home is just for me, my family and friends. When we take our lifestyle of worship (an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ) and get out into the community, the results will be too good to be true. We will become a blessing. Getting out is God’s way of spreading the Gospel. Getting out is God’s way of making disciples. Why don’t you get out today? Let’s all be like Abraham. Let’s get out and be a blessing.