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A Willing Vessel

A Willing Vessel

And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."  So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!"  And he said, "Here I am."  Exodus 3:2-4 (NKJV)

Looking at the verses above, I can't help but be in awe of how God works through the common things and the common people of the world.  God could have used Moses 40 years earlier when Moses had the power and the fleshly ability to be a leader by man's standards.  But He didn't!  In fact, He did just the opposite, as he led Moses to a 40 year prep school as a sheepherder in the Midian Desert, to prepare him to have a proper attitude and a servant's heart.  This is the way it is with us as well; we are no good to God until we realize that we have nothing to offer, in and of ourselves.  We must let God provide and act through us.

This is what we see as we look at the example of the burning bush in the verses above.  First of all, it was a bush that God used to speak to Moses, it wasn't this mighty Redwood; no, it was just a scrawny frail bush.  It was the same with Moses, according to the world's view he was washed up, but not according to God.  And it is the same with you and I; don't be surprised at God wanting to use you no matter what the world may think -  God loves to use each of us to do a work no one would have thought, much like those fisherman who became Apostles.

 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NKJV)

Another cool example that we get from the burning bush is that it didn't burn.  The fire didn't devour the bush, and that's because the bush wasn't the source of the fire, God was.  Again, it is the same with us; we cant be on fire for God because of who we are, or what we do; the source of the fire within us can only be from the Holy Spirit. We are just the Modem with which God works through to work His will.  Our whole part in this process is simply saying yes to Him when He calls upon us, and then abiding in Him.

I want to encourage you today to relax in your walk as a Christian.  Yes, I know that there is work to be done, and it won't get done if we are sitting around.  But when we refrain from striving, we will see God working and producing the things He wants in and through our life.  And as we seek His power and will through prayer and the reading of Scripture we can have peace that transcends understanding as we walk with Him and not ahead of Him.  The work will get done, and we will be a part of the workforce, but we have to know that it is of God and not ourselves.

STUDY QUESTION: Reading the verses from Corinthians above, can you see why God is choosing the way He does?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to work through you regardless of your past, or your abilities?

APPLICATION:  Seek to rest at the foot of the Cross and humbly serve our Lord.  It is when we give up on our own abilities that he can start to work through us.

Father, thank You for Your Word, and the examples that I have been given through them.  I acknowledge that it is You who works through me as I yield to You.  Help me to remember not to strive as I plainly see the needs around me.  Help me to seek You and to allow You to guide me in all of my ways.  May it glorify Your Son, for I ask this in His name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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