Learning To Be Available
“Lord, Here I Am" (Genesis 22:1, :12)
I’m a big fan of Abraham. Definitely in my Top 5. He knew how to live right.
He set the standard for believers and he is known as the Father of Faith. And for us in the LIBERTÉ CITY team (particularly Levi and Nadia), he was somewhat of a catalyst for our new journey (see first blog).
Abraham responds to God’s call twice in the same way in the space of 12 verses. Both times he did not know what he was called to do, and both times he responds with an unwavering willingness. (They were crazy circumstances involving his son Isaac but we don’t need to go there…)
The point is, Abraham lived available. He wasn’t aware of the outcome to God’s commands but his ability to listen and obey led him to a life he never thought he would get or a legacy he never thought he’d have.
I’m not the Abraham type.
I hold onto my life, as many of us do. I want to be in control and I want to know what’s going to happen. I don’t vibe with living in uncertainty and vagueness.
Often that makes it hard for me to be open to God’s calling and means I could be closed off from the best he has for me.
I think that’s why I love Abraham so much. He possessed something that I'm deeply inspired to have - an available heart.
However, reading Genesis 22 gives me assurance that I don’t need to know the plan or even the destination, I just need to be willing to trust God. And if I honour the process, He will honour the promise.
Availability is described as "not otherwise occupied; free to do something". An available Christian is someone that is not ‘occupied’ with the world and chasing after everything that it has, but can respond promptly to the call God gives them. Someone who lives available, lives with a different mindset, a different attitude. They are in a state of availability, sitting on the edge of their seat waiting for God to call them next. They don’t settle and they don’t stop dreaming.
Reaching a place of availability is one of the greatest places we can get to as Christ followers. It helps us hear God’s voice, have close proximity with him and it gives us confidence through the unclear waters of life.
I’ve found it starts with your relationship with him. Your daily walk, your everyday devotions, your ability to love him and love people. From there, you’re more willing to chase what God has for you and less concerned with the unnecessary things we value so much. Jesus says in Matthew 10:39 that “those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.” That, is living available.
The hard part is maintaining it – to be more like Abraham who even at 100 years old did not doubt God’s promise and believed that he would be the father of many descendants. That’s where you not only need a faith that is firm but also a family who backs you, a mentor you can call upon and a church that loves you. I’ve realised that if you want to go the distance, you can’t do it alone.
If you do question your calling, your purpose or your current season - decide to get near God.
Seek his presence. Adjust your position. Hear his voice. Choose to be available.
I haven’t always lived available but I’ve decided that I would try. So far, it has led me to pioneering in a nation I have never been to or considered visiting.
I don’t know what’s coming, but I do know he has called me. And it is my goal to respond to such a calling with an available heart, as we all should.
If Abraham is the benchmark, then I think that we should respond the way he did.
“Here I Am”.