Jesus had to leave heaven to fulfill the Father’s plans and had to travel from His earthly home in Galilee to Jerusalem to save His elect. Before Abram could become Abraham and the Father of Nations he first had to leave Ur of the Chaldean’s and travel to a foreign land that, unbeknownst to him, God intended to give him. Likewise, before David could become King of Israel he first had to leave Bethlehem. The same with Moses who had to leave Egypt to be prepared by God to lead the children of Israel to the promise land. So it was with most of the great men and women of the Bible who had to leave their homes and move before they were used by God. The disciples left their boats, nets and tax booth before they could become Apostles and Jesus instructed us to go and make disciples of all nations. There is power in leaving.
Before we can become all that God wants us to be we must first leave our familiar, often comfortable, lifestyles behind. For the addict to become clean and sober he must first leave his addictive lifestyle and not return. If you think about it it just makes sense. If we continue to live in the lifestyle that has shaped us into what we currently are, then it makes sense that the first thing we need to do to achieve what God has in store for us is to leave our current lifestyle which almost always involves leaving home. Remember, David’s family saw a shepherd whereas God saw a king but he had to leave home first before he was crowned. And, where the Gentile-haters saw the consummate hater in Saul, God saw perhaps the greatest Apostle of all and he, now Paul, the apostle to the very Gentiles he’d once hated.
Perhaps leaving’s hard because we’re comfortable where we currently are and leaving ‘comfortable’ just doesn’t make much sense, especially when we don’t know what the future holds in store for us somewhere else. To say it another way, we’re prisoners to the familiar. So, often the first step in walking by faith is leaving your comfort zone and trusting God to do for you what you can’t do for yourself, transform you. Transformation requires leaving what’s comfortable and known and embracing the unknown. But you’re not leaving alone since God is with you. And, when you can’t see the trail you can trust the Guide because He’s the sovereign ruler of the universe. Leaving and cleaving are the keys to a successful marriage and an abundant life. But what makes the journey exciting is the Guide.