Though Moses was an Old Testament saint and leader; though he did not have the Holy Spirit as believers do today, I can only imagine the powerful confidence that was placed in this man when God called him. It began with Moses taking an interest in one small act that only God could do; putting a bush on fire and yet the bush was not consumed (Exodus 3:1-4). “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses.”” Do you see God at work and take an interest in what He is doing?
God then introduces Himself to Moses in two ways that sealed the call on his life and built a relationship that speaks volumes to the kind of relationship God is looking for in us. First, God connects Himself with Israel’s forefathers. “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (3:6). Why did God introduce Himself in this way? He wanted Moses to understand that He was a personal God that revealed Himself to each person that sought Him and wanted to walk with Him.
I am purposely skipping over some details to focus our attention on how Moses was going to know God in a very personal way. This would be essential for Moses as he faced very testing events ahead as he led the nation of Israel. Moses wondered what to say if the people asked about the name of God. “What is His name? What shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you” (3:13-14).
While there is nothing inherently wrong with being sent into missions by an organization or a denomination, consider the authority, confidence and motivation when we know that we are being sent to do God’s work by Him, the self-existent One who was, is and is to come, the God who does not change. This is what inspired Barnabas and Saul in Acts 13:1-4. Such a call carries with it a responsibility to rightly represent the God who has sent us. What is your relationship with God in your call to any ministry, vocation or role in life?
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