Calling The Mark Of Passion
A New Teaching Article On World Improvement
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?
14The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.. (Exodus 2:11-15)
This month we are taking ministry outside the four walls of the church! In our last article, I talked to you about bringing Christ’s message to the lost by joining forces with the church and serving in a corporate setting. We have to get the message of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know Him yet! Two key principles to building and growing the body of Christ are evangelism and restoration. Both require focusing on people outside of the sanctuary. From the beginning, the Lord directed me to “preach to your congregation as if they were leaders.” So instead of the service being a nice time with entertaining music, I challenge the people before me to be leaders – evangelists, healers, counselors, witnesses, helpers.
Where am I called to corporately? How do I come to be a “leader?” That’s the question many of us ask before we get “plugged in” to a ministry. There are so many opportunities for us to be a blessing to the body of Christ that it can be overwhelming. However, the answer can be quite simple if we look for the mark of passion within and look for the need without.
"11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor."
Moses was drawn to where his people were. He came to them and was drawn right to their point of need. He looked upon their suffering and was greatly moved by what he saw. Moses’ heart stirred. He wanted his people to be free. As he stood there watching his people work hard labor in agony, what he saw next caused him to invoke vigilante justice. “He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” Moses did not understand the fiery passion in his heart that burned for his people. In this leg of Moses’ journey, he tried to carry out his destiny – setting his people free – his own way. Moses had only just become an adult and was very immature. Now he had committed murder! He tried to hide it, but as we all know, everything done in the dark comes to the light soon enough.
"The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting.” Ex. 2:13a"
Moses must have made it a habit to go where his people were and watch them. He desired to be with them. The calling of God was on his life and even though he didn’t know it, he was drawn to the very people at the very point of need that he was called to deliver. Whose suffering are you drawn to?
This time Moses notices two Hebrews fighting. He desires so much for them to be at peace with each other that he actually steps in to try and stop it. “He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” Ex. 2:13b
Notice that Moses asks the one in the wrong. Moses acted on the deliverer aspect of his calling by killing the Egyptian. Now Moses is acting on his inborn calling to be a judge. This is not lost on the Hebrews he is trying to mediate, either. “The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Ex. 2:14
This man’s response is material for another sermon, but he intended to point out Moses’ previous sin to try and drag Moses down on his level. Moses addressed the man in the wrong and the man in the wrong tried to remind Moses that he was nothing better than him. The man’s response to Moses was intended to be belittling, but it actually served to warn him of danger. Moses realized the news of his vigilante deed had become known and was spreading
"Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.."
The news of Moses killing the Egyptian reached the Pharaoh. Moses had gone rogue, as Pharoah had probably always thought he would in the back of his mind. The Bible never tells us anything about Moses and Pharoah’s relationship, but we do know that Pharoah’s daughter insisted on keeping Moses. The thought had to have entered Pharoah’s mind the day he allowed his daughter to keep Moses that Moses’ true loyalty would always be to his own people. Pharoah tries to kill Moses…but Moses escapes into the desert to be trained for his calling by the one true God. Moses would return 40 years later to set his people free. Even in this small, slipshod beginning we can see a clear desire to deliver and judge between his brothers and sisters.
What aspects of suffering are you driven to intervene in, no matter the personal cost? What points of need are you drawn to? What is your passion? God put inside Moses an inescapable passion to deliver and institute justice for his people. Moses did not just want to deliver his people…he felt that he must deliver his people. What “must” you do? This relentless passion was at the very heart of Moses’ calling. Where are you marked with this kind of unstoppable passion? If you are unsure, today I want to invite you to pray with me to ask God to begin to highlight it to you. “Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask you to reveal to me the desires placed in my heart by you. Begin to move my heart with passion for people even as you did Moses. Show me where I can make the most of the gifts you’ve given to me and use them most effectively for Your kingdom. Show me where I belong in You.”
Dear friend, if you prayed that prayer, then I believe that God is going to move your heart with passion! I know that God is going to lead you right to the point of people’s needs. I know that He is going to show you where you belong in Him. I know that He is going to position you to use your gifts in His kingdom. We must get the glory of God and the message of Christ outside the four walls of the church and into the hands of those who need it, and you are just the person to do it! If not you, who? If not now, when?
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