Become a Modern Moses
- Thursday, February 17, 2005
When God calls you to do something, do you always respond with enthusiasm? Or are you sometimes like Moses, who was reluctant to take on the work God had for him?
It's normal to feel like Moses did when faced with a daunting task. It's common to wrestle with fear and doubt, and easy to come up with excuses to avoid what God is asking you to do. But, just as He did in Bible times, God uses ordinary lives to accomplish extraordinary things. If you trust Him like Moses did, you can see that for yourself.
Here's how you can invite God to use your ordinary life in extraordinary ways:
Embrace your identity. Remember that you're a child of God. No matter how inadequate you may feel, know that your heavenly Father's power is unlimited and that He will work through you so you don't have to rely on your own strength. Connect to God through a saving relationship with Jesus. Connect to others in God's family through participating in a church.
Believe in the invisible, the impossible, and the incredible. Don't underestimate what the Holy Spirit can do in your life. Have confidence in spiritual realities that you can't see in the physical realm. Exercise your faith when you make decisions, knowing that what you believe should determine what you choose to do. Whenever you're faced with a choice to either identify with this world or remember the God you serve, choose to stand with God.
Work for the right master. Consider whether you're a slave to tasks that keep you busy but don't accomplish anything significant, or whether you're directing your efforts to tasks of eternal worth. Study the ways you spend your time and energy. Align your schedule with your values and God's purposes for your life.
Prepare for service. Understand that it takes time to grow into the person God wants you to be before He gives you great assignments to serve others. Ask God to heal your wounds from the past. Invite God to use the monotony in your daily life to shape your character. Let your relationships with other people help you become more mature. Trust that God will let you know the right time and place to serve Him. Don't waste your energy on projects God hasn't called you undertake; learn to discern His voice speaking to you. Understand that your past failures don't mean you can't enjoy future successes. Develop the talents God has given you, but remember that the most important thing is for you to be continually available to Him.
Don't compromise your faith. Resist the temptations to take the easy way out in your Christian life. Be willing to give God control of all aspects of your life. Don't just attend church on Sundays, then live the way you want during the rest of the week. Live out your faith in all situations, so people who meet you can clearly tell you follow Jesus. Don't act contrary to your faith when friends or family members pressure you to do so. Whenever you face an obstacle in life, refuse to turn around and go backward. Instead, trust God to help you overcome the obstacle, no matter how you feel at the time. Keep moving forward in your walk of faith.
Get out of your comfort zones. Don't be a Christian who is saved, satisfied, and stuck. As soon as you begin a relationship with Jesus, figure out what God has in mind for you to keep growing. Know that He never wants you to become complacent or settle for a mediocre life. Read and study the Bible. Pray on a regular basis. Find a spiritually mature Christian to help answer your questions and encourage you to grow. Take your spiritual temperature daily to catch the disease of sin in its early stages. Remember that you're not supposed to wander around aimlessly like the Israelites did in the desert for 40 years - God wants you to march into the Promised Land.
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