When I die, God isn’t going to ask me, ‘Why weren’t you Moses?” No. He’s going to ask me, “Why weren’t you Steve Davis?” That’s an adaptation of an old quote by Zusya of Hanipoli. The point is, that God isn’t expecting you to be Moses, Solomon, Paul the Apostle, Mother Theresa or even Benny Hinn. But what He DOES expect is for you to be YOU and to do and become all that He made you to do and become. That’s where it’s easy to get lost in life. To think that just because we’re not some great superstar, that God probably doesn’t expect very much from us. We think that we either have to become somebody great, and if we’re not, then we’re nobodies.
God didn’t create you to be Moses or anyone else. He created you to be yourself. You’d be a lousy Moses and a lousy anybody else. But you’re the best and greatest you there is and will ever be. God gave Moses a job to do and problems to solve. He’s also given YOU a job to do and problems to solve that no one but you can do and solve. In the cold waters around Greenland are countless icebergs. Some are humongous and some are tiny. If you watch them and pay attention, you’ll notice that sometimes the little ones are going in one direction and the large ones are going in the other. Why? Well, the little ones are carried by the winds blowing on the surface of the carried along by the deep currents beneath the surface.
People are the same way. Small-minded people are blown about by the surface winds; by fads, fashions, outward appearances, outward circumstances and situations, emotions, moods, and other peoples’ opinions about them. Others are being pulled along by the moving of the Holy Spirit deep on the inside of their hearts. That’s what Ephesians 4:14 is about. “Be no longer children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind…” It goes on to say that sometimes it’s various doctrines that get us carried about, going from one church to another but never settling into a true church home. Other times, people can con us, or deceive us into being unstable.
God never meant for you to be driven by the winds and be tossed around. He wants you to be driven by the deep currents of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:5, “They that are after the Spirit do mind, (obey), follow the things of the flesh. But they that are after the Spirit, (obey), follow after the things of the Spirit.” If you’re blown about by the day to day winds of life, you’ll not only never be Moses, you won’t even be YOU! You have to get rooted and grounded in God. That’s the only way to live the abundant life that God has provided for you (John 10:10). It’s the difference between being like a tumbleweed or being a fruit tree.
Many people are like a tumbleweed and they do very little worthwhile in their youth, and as the years go by, they just break loose and are blown from place to place, relationship to relationship, job to job and so on. Never staying anywhere really contribute to the lives of others, they’re not even missed when they pass on. On the other hand, there’s the person whose life is described in Psalms 1:3, “…like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season. His leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” This person is rooted, so he or she grows and increases. They provide shade, strength and are fruitful in life. They multiply their lives into the lives of others, planting the seed of the word of God in every life they touch. Their lives are lives of usefulness and serving.
Their influence for good lives on in the lives of others around them even after they’re gone. When they die, their death is noted and out of the Body of Christ because they’ve spent their time bettering the community and bringing God’s fulness to other people.
African Christian leader, Festo Kivengere describes his life before coming to know Jesus like this: “My life was like a spinning top. I worked, I played, I worked. The cycle went around and the more humdrum it became, the speedier it got. I was spinning like a top.” Then a friend od Festo’s told him how to get to know Jesus and how to have his past sins forgiven. “That day, God smashed my heart open and introduced me to the living reality of Jesus Christ. He entered in, and my top stopped spinning and He gave me direction that lasts through eternity.”
When Jesus comes into your heart, you WANT to tell other people about Him. He begins a work in your life and then you plant the seeds of that work in their lives. Philippians 1:6, “be confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Jesus stops your life from spinning in a self-centered circle. Instead, He becomes the center of your life and your Number #1 advisor. Then, He keeps on working on you and in you. You know that, no matter what happens, He’s at work in your situation.
Ruth Paxson, a missionary during the early 1900s told of a woman who boarded a train with her in Finland. The first thing Ms. Paxson noticed was her radiant face but then she noticed that the woman’s right hand was missing and in its place was a steel hook. As they talked, Ms. Paxson learned that the other woman had been a missionary to India. That is, until she contracted a lung disease and had been sent home to die. Upon returning home to Finland, she had bought a farm and worked it vigorously. One day while she was working on a threshing machine, she slipped and her right hand got cut off. Now, as the two women were talking on board the train, the woman told Ms. Paxon, “When my hand was cut off, I immediately looked up to my Lord and said, “Lord what do you want me to do now that my right hand is gone? What work do you want me to do? I’m not asking WHY did this happen, but WHAT do you want me to do?”
The idea came to her to turn her farm into a retirement home for elderly Christians. This supported her and brought blessings and new hope to many who otherwise would have had nowhere to go in their retirement years. God will give you the strength to do what He’s set before you. Deuteronomy 33:25, “…as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Whatever happens in your life, God will give you the strength for it. He didn’t say, “As your strength, so shall your days be.”
Isaiah 40:29, “He gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might, He increaseth strength.” Part of what you’ve gone through has been the working of God in your life, to give you the strength of spirit and wisdom in life, to fulfill His call in your life. See? You’re not asked to be Moses, but to be YOU and to be available to the Lord to do His work through you. You’re not meant to go through life pleasing yourself or other people, it doesn’t work. You’re put here to please and serve God. Galatians 1:10, “Do I now seek to persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I still pleased men, I wouldn’t be the servant of God.”
People have all kinds of ideas of what you ought to do and who you ought to be. When you stand in front of God, it’s just going to be you and Him and He won’t be asking, “Why weren’t you Moses?” He’ll be wanting to know if you were YOU…the you that He set on earth to do His will. What’ll your answer be?
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