What is it that beckons you to get away... to walk away from the hustle-bustle of the city... that sighs in satisfaction when you are surrounded by pristine wilderness? What is it?
Whatever it is, it was in Terah. He took his son, his son's wife, and his grandson, and they walked away from their home in the great metropolis of their day.1 They walked and walked, past the canals and fields, in the direction of the hills. How delighted they were to get away. When they bedded down that night, they could see the stars! Following a river, they journeyed north. Further and further they went -- over a thousand miles. There was no turning back for them. Finally, they reached the very edge of civilization as they knew it. Terah was getting older, and growing weary of traveling. There they settled... and there Terah died.2
His son Abraham wasn't settled. His soul longed to go further. He waited and listened to his heart. Then, the call came. "Go... leave this land, leave your relatives and your father's house. Go to a land I will show you."3
"Where?" he wondered.
"Trust," the answer came. "I will take care of you."
Abraham felt warmth.
"I will bless you and make your name great... in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed."4
He sensed security and love. He wanted to know this One who was calling him, this One who wanted to know him.5
No cost was too great to follow this yearning. How tender were his farewells as he kissed his loved ones good-bye, forever. He gave up all he had ever known of security and placed his life in the care of his God. He started walking, he and his wife, and his household, embarking on a new way of living -- a life of walking by faith.
He lived on another 100 years, listening with his heart and responding to that voice. Every day he grew more and more in love with the One who loved him first. Others gathered around him, those whose hearts were stirred, who also wanted to know Love. They became a community of love. They were not an intentional community, or an organic farm, but a gathering of those who loved with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.6 They lived to please their Creator, to give Love a home. They thought nothing of stopping everything in the camp and preparing a feast for weary travelers who happened by.7 They were not living for themselves. They were living for the One who created them and gave them life.
This is the only response to the call of our Creator. The One who is love calls us into a life of love. It is impossible to love and live a life alone.8 Only the rebellious choose to live alone.
This God, the God of Abraham, is still calling people today -- out of a self-centered existence and into a life of daily service to Him. He calls us into a life of fellowship, of togetherness -- a tribal life of families, clans, and tribes. He can't use just a few scattered individuals. He has always wanted a people who are together. In them, love can find a home -- where brothers and sisters dwell together in unity.9 In this place is where "all the families of the earth will be blessed," just as He promised long ago.
What began with Abraham, and was reborn 2,000 years ago,10 is being restored in these last days. Come and see! It is a place for the humble and the poor in spirit. It is a place for the lonely. It is a place of cleansing, a place where you can have a fresh, new start, a place where you can be forgiven, and where you can learn to forgive. It is a place where you can learn to love.
Come and see the life of love that He has called us into.