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Genesis 20:1 …While residing in Gerar as an alien, Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” And King Abimelech of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a married woman.” Now Abimelech had not approached her; so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ I did this in the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; furthermore it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. Now then, return the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all that are yours.”

This is the second time that Abraham has passed off his wife Sarah as his sister, out of fear the locals would kill him if they knew she was his wife. It’s a surprising story given that Abraham is considered one of the ancient pillars of the faith. What does this story reveal about Abraham?

Abraham was an example to all of us in many ways, but he was not perfect.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to live as examples to others. This is how the faith is shared and multiplied. True, there is some “information” we need to attain as well, but Christianity is more caught than taught. It’s more a lifestyle than a body of knowledge to memorize. Why does that matter? Because whether we’re talking about people in our own homes, in our workplace or school, or at our church – there are always people watching us, often prepared to imitate us. You might think, “What if I don’t want people to imitate me?”  Doesn’t matter. If you’re a leader in any capacity, it comes with the territory. But remember…

The Lord does not expect you to be a perfect example, just a living example.

One of my spiritual gifts is leadership, so the Lord has placed me in positions of leadership my entire life. And, like many of you, when I look in the mirror I see a very flawed person. I don’t consider myself worthy to lead anyone because I’m such a work in progress myself. Yet, I see God bearing fruit through my leadership DESPITE my flaws. It’s quite remarkable really. But what is true for me is also true for you…

God takes what we bring to the table, then adds LOADS OF GRACE to the equation to make up for our deficiencies. Think on this for a bit…

Heavenly Father, we are not worthy to represent you or your Kingdom to anyone. We have flaws and foibles and shortcomings too numerous to mention. Yet, you know all about this – and choose to use us anyway. Give us grace to lead in faith when we tend to doubt. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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