Getting Behind Jesus
Christopher B. Harbin
Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105; Mat 16:21-28; Romans 12:9-21
Not many of us like to follow. We might not want to walk in front, but we want to call the shots. We want to be sure that our concerns are held in the same priority we would give them. This is not the way of faith, however. In the life of faith, we are challenged to fall in behind Jesus as Lord and Savior. Will we follow His lead in faithful service?
Moses was not looking for God. Moses had rather forgotten his people suffering in Egypt. OK, well, he had not forgotten, but what was he to do about them? He was far from Egypt. Pharaoh wanted him dead for having killed an Egyptian many years ago. His hands were tied. He had a new life with Jethro's family--wife, children, and a job. Sure he thought about life back in Egypt, his family left behind, and the plight of his people. There was just nothing he could do about it. He had not abandoned Egypt by choice. He had fled in order to survive and begin a new life. Midian was where he belonged. Egypt was little more than a memory. That was all there was to it.
Then God came on the scene. Somehow, that just changes everything. See, God is great at interrupting our plans, dreams, and purposes in life. Maybe God gets a kick out of shaking things up a little. Maybe God thinks we too quickly get too comfortable and forget our need for God. Maybe God wants to keep us open to new possibilities, to live by faith rather than by habit. After all, when life is too comfortable, faith is not necessary.
Moses was not out looking for God. His father-in-law was a priest. He had grown up with stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. At one point, he had thought he might become God's instrument to liberate his people from oppression. That had gone very badly. He had killed an Egyptian, then found out that his deed was public knowledge. He had been forced to flee from Egypt--So much for his effor ...
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