FAITH FIRST

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Romans 4:16-18

Abraham was a man of many notable feats. He uprooted his family and followed God with little instruction or even a named destination. He navigated a sharp family dispute with his nephew over land rights. He negotiated with foreign rulers in strange lands. Childless and advanced in years, God promised and provided a son, and Abraham obediently went to sacrifice this son at God's request. Abraham was a man of action, but there is one particular behavior that all men should copy.

Abraham had faith. Pay close attention to the narrative of this man's life, and you'll notice that faith and belief in God is the foundation for all his action. The actions themselves did not make Abraham the father of many nations; only God can call things into being. Stop thinking that action alone makes a man. Believe in God first, then act. Be a leader who actively leans into life, putting faith first. Be entirely convinced that God can do what He has promised.

DO THIS TODAY: Start putting faith first.

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