God's Call Is A Call To The End.
31 Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there.
32 The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran. (Genesis 11)
Terah was the first to be inspired by God to leave his land Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. He was given the actual location to go to - Canaan, unlike his son Abram. But he got weary on the way and must have thought it was somehow too much for him to carry on. So he decided to settled for Haran, where he lived and sought comfort trading and prospering and enjoying his last days in plenty.
'..all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran..'
He abandoned his call and gradually he died, so that another man would be sent.
After the funeral of Terah, his father, God put His hands on Abram's shoulders and put the same demand on him to go to Canaan.
1 Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’*
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak* of Moreh.
I am inspired to note here that God doesn't anoint two people for the same job at the same time. One has to finish before another takes over.
It also means that no one can by himself resign from God's assignment. If done, that person stays in limbo till he expires, because God would not anoint another while the first lives. You either use the mantle or you die to make way for someone else to be sent by God to use it.
A calling is therefore a call until death. You want to live, then you better work it! God will not bye-pass you to call another. You have to vacate the space completely.
Terah was prosperous, but he died because he stopped working his call. He settled down off mark. It means again that economic and financial success do not completely mean that all is well with you and God. He might just be accommodating you.
When God has sent you, be sure to keep going till you get to your destination. Don't settle for any comfortable place along the way, just keep going till you get there. It is a dangerous thing to be called by God. It is not to be taken lightly. You can't shake it off. And if you don't do it, He won't let you hang around while someone else is doing it.
Let us therefore be spiritually sensitive to God. It is not unfair for Him to make such demands on us. The life we are given is for a purpose, God's purpose. We are not our own, after all, no matter what they may be bandying about these days about self-ism.