Last Sunday, our church had a guest speaker.
He was from Kenya.
And he gave a mighty message.
He talked about dreams.
And he began by asking a rather startling question –
"Does serving God make you afraid?"
Interesting thought, isn’t it? What exactly are the things we’re afraid of? Failing, looking foolish, losing our safety or security, giving something up? Fear keeps us from following our dreams.
But fear also keeps us far from God.
It’s like we’re saying to Him – "I want to be close to you, Lord, but not too close – because You might disorganize my tidy life."
Pastor Muriithi went on to tell a story about Moses. It’s found in the beginning of the book of Exodus. Moses is having a discussion with God about what God is calling him to do. Or rather, Moses is protesting what God is calling him to do!
"But Moses protested again, 'What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, 'The LORD never appeared to you?'
Then the LORD asked him, 'What is that in your hand?'
'A shepherd’s staff,' Moses replied.
'Throw it down on the ground,' the LORD told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake!"
God asked Moses a powerful question.
What is that in your hand?
To Moses, his staff represented three very important things:
And that is precisely what God was asking Moses to lay down – for HIS sake.
God was saying to Moses:
"Let ME define you."
"Seek ME first, serve only ME, and I will add all the other things you need."
"Let ME decide how high you rise."
Moses’ reluctance and fear were caused by worrying about the outcome. He was afraid of how people might respond to him. He was afraid to let go of his life – afraid to let God have His way.
But, God turned Moses’ staff, a simple shepherd’s stick, into a living thing.
God takes joy in using ordinary things for His extraordinary purposes!
What are the ordinary things in your life – your voice, a pen, a hammer, a broom, a musical instrument, your car, your job – the things that are like a simple shepherd’s staff? God uses all these things. It is wrong to assume that He can only use special skills. We must not hinder His use of the everyday contributions we make.
God doesn’t want what you don’t have – He wants what He’s already given you.
God has a purpose for each one of us – a purpose that He had in mind before we were ever born. In fact, God intended that purpose and then He created you to fulfill it!
And if you’ve got dreams, my friend – even big ones – trust me, God’s dreams for you are much bigger than the ones you have. He is calling you to an extraordinary life – an abundant life.
He has a Kingdom dream that is perfectly matched to who He created you to be.
He delights in saying to us, "What’s that in your hand? Great, I can use that!!"
So, what are you afraid of?
Are you ready to stop living a comfortable life?
Will you trust God for a God-sized dream?
After all, little did Moses imagine the power his simple staff would wield when it became the staff of God!
Isn’t it time to fire??
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