This week, I have been dwelling on the life of Moses. What an interesting journey! He could have been murdered as an infant. He was abandoned by his parents. He was adopted by the royal family of Egypt. He was acquainted with his biological family, only to be given back to his adopted family He was educated and trained to be the future Pharaoh.
By the world’s standards, he had everything one could hope for, except for the identity crisis that he lived with. As Moses grew older, he began to realize his true identity. I think the mental battle that Moses fought was stressful and excruciating. I also think this battle took a turn for the worse when he became a murderer.
The moment of murder become a pivotal point in Moses’ life. Over the next forty years, a felon becomes a great leader. Many church leaders want to focus on the leadership lessons from Moses’ life, but I think there are great lessons that comes prior to his submission to leadership. I would like to share three of them with you.
First, we need to realize our true identity. There was a point prior to forty that Moses learned he was a Hebrew and not an Egyptian. He realized his roots and heritage. Scripture records that he knew his family, but we don’t know the details of the interactions.
A day came when Moses had to choose which identity he was going to keep. Moses became known as a murderer. When we begin to embrace who we were created to be, Satan will always bring distractions into our lives. If you choose to read Exodus 1-3, you will learn that Moses needed forty years before we was ready to truly embrace his identity.
Second, our lack of confidence doesn’t remove us from our design.
We fast-forward to Moses as an 80 years old man who approaches the burning bush in Exodus 3. He’s curious for more that his normal, every day life. Even after Moses was ready for more out of life, he made excuses. We find one of those excuses in Exodus 4:10, “Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (ESV)
I love that we have the rest of the story. Acts 7:22 reads, “Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.” (ESV)
How often are we satisfied with doing very little for God when he has created us for so much more? I am convinced that God’s grace had already given Moses everything he needed to become the great leader we read throughout the Scriptures. I am make excuses. You make excuses. What could be if followers of Jesus stopped making excuses and began living out our design?
Third, God uses our history to enhance our future.
Moses’s leadership needed the ability to speak to Pharaoh. His adoption gave him abilities that other people would not have had.
Moses’ leadership needed a strong education because he would make hard decisions later in life for an entire nation. A leader who stops learning and developing will reach his/her capacity as a leader.
Moses’ leadership needed forty years of tending sheep. A sheep is an animal that is highly valuable but doesn’t listen well. The same definition is true about the nation of Israel. It’s also true about you and me.
As you consider how to begin 2017, I’d like to suggest three questions for you.
- Are you functioning in your true identity or is something distracting you?
- Is God calling you to something greater, but you lack enough confidence to obey?
- Are there parts of your history that you think do not matter to your future?
I believe 2017 could be a great year for the kingdom of God if followers of Jesus will embrace their design and submit to the greater things God has for each of us this year.
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You are loved!