Demand your rights, they tell us today. For if you don’t stand up for yourself, who else will? The Christian, however, is able to act differently, as Abram did with his nephew Lot:
The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.
Genesis 13.9 NLT
As the patriarch that he was, Abram enjoyed the preference of choice. But he gave up his right, giving to Lot instead the option to go in the direction he thought best.
Abram could do this, because he had received God’s promise, and trusted in it. The Lord had promised to make him into a great a prosperous nation.
With this same confidence, we also can do the same as Abram. We can give up our rights, because the Lord has promised his blessing. So we can freely seek to do good to our neighbor and cultivate peace.
Even more, we can suffer for Christ in order to fulfill his mission, sure that God’s promise to care for our needs will be fulfilled toward us.
Thank you, Lord, for the freedom to serve that comes with trusting your promise.
Hold this thought:
Stand on the care of God to serve,
What you give up he will preserve.