In our quests to fulfill our God-given dreams, we will often be tempted to forge partnerships for immediate, short-term gains. We are tempted to do this because we view these opportunities for immediate satisfaction as validation of God’s approval. But the Kaleo Life is not about living your dream, it is about being obedient to the life God has called you to live.
There is an ancient story in the bible, found in Genesis chapter 14 in which Abraham is tempted to enter into such an unholy partnership. The summary of the story is this: Abram had been called by God into a new land with the promise that he would be the father of a great nation – a nation of blessing. But before this fulfillment occurred, Abraham faced opposition with a side-trip to Egypt, the breaking of a partnership with his nephew Lot, and then the battle to rescue his nephew Lot because he had been captured during an attempted political revolution. It was after Abraham’s successful rescue of his nephew Lot that he his tempted to enter an unholy partnership.
On his way home from rescuing Lot, Abram is approached by two kings, Melchizedek (the king of Salem) and the King of Sodom. To the King of Salem, who was also a priest of the God Most High, Abraham gave a tenth of everything he had. But when the King of Sodom approached and offered a pact with Abraham, Abraham refused.
What made the difference?
Partnerships. One was holy. One was unholy.
Abraham had been called by God. Melchizedek served and represented this God. Abraham’s action toward Melchizedek was an act of obedience and allegiance to his God. The king of Sodom’s offer was self-serving. Sure it would have benefited Abraham greatly for it would have forged a political and military alliance and provide him with an abundance of wealth. But, and here’s the key, it would have been a violation of Abraham’s call and commitment to God. The credit for Abraham’s success would not be directed back to God but to the king of Sodom. This was something Abraham was not willing to do so he says very clearly: “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you (king of Sodom), not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say ‘I made you rich’ (Genesis 14:22-23).
In your quest to fulfill your God-given calling, are you committed to your God who has called you? Or will you succumb to the temptation of immediate satisfaction? We are all tempted. How are you being tempted? How are you overcoming temptation?