Genesis 12: 8 (niv) From there he (Abram) went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Abraham (formerly Abram) is our spiritual ancestor. From his descendants and his story come the entire Bible. Jesus is his direct descendent and everything you and I hold as spiritual truth is his legacy. Paul says that Abraham believed God and God credited his belief as righteousness. I don’ t know about you but I would like to lead a life like Abrahams, a life that makes a difference both for me and for those who come after me. So how do I do that? Well, Abraham had a habit – wherever he “pitched his tent” he built an altar. Why? Because Abraham knew that wherever he landed he had to make a definite, constructed effort to put God at the center of his world. We should do the same. No matter where we find ourselves our God cannot be an afterthought or window dressing in our lives. He must be the center. In fact, some scholars believe Bethel and Ai represent Abraham’ s business on the one side and his witness to the pagan world on the other – but Abraham put an altar to God right in the middle. Is God at the center of your business? Your home? Your marriage? If you intentionally construct an effort to put God at the center of your dealings in life then you will build a life of faith like Abraham’ s – and God was pleased to call Abraham His friend.