Get Thee Out of Thy Country
A Sermon on Acts 7:1-3
And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” And Stephen said:
“Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ (ESV)
Are you ready to truly follow God? What if it costs you everything? Will we then continue to follow Him? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones describes the call of God on Abraham that caused him to flee his home country and land. This was a call to abandon all he knew including his nation, religion, and kindred. This was a call to serve God above all over things. The same type of call is upon everyone who follows Christ today! Listen as Lloyd-Jones walks us through Christ's call to flee from this world and pursue Christ and His kingdom. It requires us to serve God alone as the only true Sovereign over our lives. This is a hard message to heed when it is easy to think about the world and its concerns alone. It is easy to see the church as nothing more than a source of moral transformation in a society like any other social institution. But this is all wrong. For the church has been entrusted with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and this Gospel calls men to come out of the world. It calls them to reject the thinking philosophy of worldly men. It calls men to serve God as Lord over the whole world. So, we should not hesitate to flee from this world and its vain ways, for we have a new citizenship in heaven.