Nothing beats being used by God.
One day as 80 year old Moses was tending sheep he saw a burning bush from which God spoke to him. God was on the move ready to rescue and relocate His people from Egypt to Canaan. It would be no small task and God invited Moses along for the ride of a lifetime.
Moses had a decision to make and the dynamics Moses faced get played out regularly in your life and mine. What happened once upon a time happens all the time. Are you up for your burning bush invitations along the way? Here’s what you can expect:
God presents us with an opportunity. When your child asks you read a Bible story, that’s a great opportunity to make a difference. When your child asks you to pray, that’s another opportunity. When your church needs “someone” to serve in a ministry that you could do, that is an opportunity with your name on it. When a co-worker faces an illness, that’s an opportunity for you to offer compassion. When you see someone at church with a confused “I’m new around here” look on their face, that’s another opportunity.
Henry Blackaby says, and I agree, that God is always at work around us and we need to pay attention. Cultivate an active availability and listen to God through Scripture, prayer, the church and circumstances.
God assures us of His presence. Moses was just a little intimidated at the thought of marching into the Egyptian Pharaoh’s oval office and asking for the release of his primary workforce.
God didn’t minimize the challenge nor sugarcoat the dangers. But these words provided all the security and all the confidence Moses would need: “I will be with you.”
God offers us the same assurance He offered Moses. You are never alone. God is there giving us what we need at the moment. He is the God who is always there, shielding us, nurturing us, leading us, protecting us, sustaining us, being present with us. Believe it.
You have a risky decision to make. Moses had a risky decision to make. And you will have plenty of risky decisions to make as a follower of Jesus – decisions that offer you an easier and more comfortable alternative. But God is looking for the kind of person who is willing to take righteous risks to advance the work of God.
At the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter by the Sea of Galilee there is a plaque that reads as follows: The deeds and miracles of Jesus are not actions of the past. Jesus is waiting for those who are still prepared to take risks at His word because they trust his power utterly.
Your life gets shaped by your availability to God. If we get in the habit of saying no to God’s opportunities, our hearts grow dull and we get spiritually soft. If we say yes, even reluctantly, God works in us and we learn something new and personal about God from the process. Moses was never the same after saying yes to God’s assignment.
Your assignments from God may not be as formidable as the one Moses received at the burning bush, but they still require the presence of God to make a spiritual impact. God is still offering plenty of opportunities in our world, the question is will we be available to seize those opportunities when they come our way.
Nothing beats being used by God and, as Sally Koch has said, “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”