As Christians we want to be associated with sheep. I was sitting and thinking on the Lord and an old 80’s to 90’s commercial from a bank that has since closed down, played through my head. The jingle says “I’m different and don’t care who knows it, something about me is not the same. I’m different and that’s how it goes ain’t gonna play no white sheep..games.” Well apparently the real lyrics are terrible and blaspheme the name of the Lord. For this post we are only discussing the version for the bank commercial.

In the English language, black sheep is an idiom used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family. Abraham could have easily been termed the “black sheep”. He was a chaldean who became monotheistic, left his entire family, took along his barren wife, and started a generation that would be in direct opposition of everything that his environment and culture would have taught him to be.

What if the chattering of the strife of tongues had overridden the promise of God for his life? What about Terah? We know that he was already on some sort of journey looking. I submit to you that on the path of truly sold out children of God you will encounter types. Sincerely, for every one Abraham, there are too many tongues chattering. They will remain nameless and faceless. For example, when the time came to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused, but there were certainly Jews who bowed like the rest. They flew under the radar but at what expense?

Likewise, there are Terah’s who, for whatever reason, have the potential to be great. These people are a bit more dangerous because their frustration with unfulfilled promise may cause them to try to waylay the destiny of someone else. It is then, that the Lord will give the instruction, you have to leave Terah, his house, his land and everything in you that reflects him. Why? Because he is a symbol of promise unfulfilled. Terah can take the form of friends, jobs, hobbies, or even mindsets. Leaving these things are scary. You will certainly be dinner table conversation. Yet, in order to receive and nurture your Isaac, you will need to leave the system that kept you barren in the first place. Find other black sheeps and be pressed to a higher destiny. No everybody can’t be rich, or famous, or healthy, or happy. But somebody can be. Why should that somebody not be you? I will talk to you soon….

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