When God called Moses to go and lead His people to the Promised Land in Exodus 33, Moses replies in verses 15 and 16, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” What a great response! Moses realizes that if God doesn't go with him, he is destined to fail. We can learn a lot from Moses. In fact, the world desperately needs more people like Moses.
Each one of us has a unique and specific God-designed purpose for our lives. There are people around us that God has birthed us for specifically for the purpose of being the right man or woman at just the right time and place to be a Moses to them. God has seen their bondage and misery and has sent us to be their deliverer. I'm sure each of us have had a Moses or two in our lives that have led us through some difficult times and we couldn't have made it without them. We can't do it alone though. Unless God Himself goes with us, we have no hope of making an eternal difference in people's lives. We need what I call "a spirit of Moses" to fulfill the calling God has put on us. There are 4 character traits that Moses developed that we must also develop in ourselves.
- He was available. Although he tried to convince God that he had the wrong man, He did go. He just wanted to make absolutely sure that this was God's idea and not his.
- He was humble. He understood that he had nothing to offer in and of himself. Moses made sure that it was never about him. He always gave God the credit and attention. That is an extremely rare quality in leadership today.
- He was dependent. He depended upon God for every step along the journey. He took great care to never venture out on his own. He only went where God told him to. Moses was very smart and intelligent but he never let that get in God's way.
- He was desperate. He pleaded with God to not only go with him, but to show him His glory. He didn't settle for less than the full and complete presence of God. He wanted no less than 100% of what God had for him. This is also a rare quality today. We often settle for "just enough" to get by when God said that He is "more than enough." Moses wasn't a "just enough" kind of guy. He wanted it all and he was willing to die to get it.
I'll say it again - the world needs more people like Moses today. It doesn't need more talented, articulate, polished, and intelligent leaders. It needs the opposite because it is that kind of person who can be used by God to do the impossible. We don't need what man can offer. We need what only God can offer. Be a Moses for God and to your world around you. Then the Lord will say, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (v. 17)
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