Years ago, I read The Call of the Wild, about a dog named Buck who spends most of his life choosing between a miserable (but familiar) place, and a wonderful (but unknown) better place. So many people live their lives like Buck, feeling a call to more, but afraid to leave the threshold of the familiar. Even while living in misery, they cannot bring themselves to take that leap of faith when God calls.
Then there are the plus ultra people. In ancient legends, the mountains near the Strait of Gibraltar bore the inscription, “Non plus ultra” (nothing farther beyond), warning sailors that they had reached the end of the world. But at the end of the 15th century, explorers ventured into the untamed seas and set sail for places they were not sure even existed. They longed for the plus ultra, the further beyond.
God calls us to leave thresholds, to venture plus ultra. He calls Abrahams to leave their fathers' inheritances, trusting in His provision. He calls Ruths to leave familiar homes and gain new and greater families. He calls Esthers to stand in the face of death and save nations. He calls Pauls to shine a light of hope in dark lands.
Becoming a plus ultra person is not an easy, but it will always be worth it. You have to leave the familiar bondage of Egypt to taste Canaan’s freedom. God calls you to great things, to abundant freedom and new beginnings, but you have to decide to leave the familiar and take the leap. Your future awaits, beyond the threshold, plus ultra.