On God's Mission Without My Results
Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, "O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all."
Did you see that; Moses complains to God. Moses did what God told him to do and it resulted in making things "worse." He probably believes he shouldn't have come at all. "IF" I would have just kept my mouth closed, these people would still be oppressed, but at least they would be "less oppressed." Translated, if I would have NOT listened to God, if I had NOT done it God's way...it would be better. Moses missed the mission.
Today in our "Community Bible Reading" in Exodus 5, I was reminded of the mission of our church, "Connecting you to Christ and His community." In moving towards this mission we have agreed to proclaiming the Gospel-the Good News of Redemption in Jesus Christ. First and foremost we are called to preach the good news-to tell people the truth. Simply speaking the word of God is not always going to result in responders who bow and worship (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). The only way to avoid people reacting negatively to the gospel is NOT to preach it. If you want to avoid conflict and live a peaceful life, don't tell anyone about their need for Jesus.
As we are working to the completion of our mission and seeking results we are called to live like Jesus. The Bible says that once we know Jesus, we are to live like Jesus. How do we know if someone "KNOWS Jesus" that way.
"And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked." 1 John 2:3-6
Living like Jesus is only possible when you know Jesus. We have Jesus living in our hearts, empowering us to live a life like him because he lives IN US and through us. WE MUST RECOGNIZE that Jesus lived a life that was perfectly sinless-he walked with God, he followed God, he loved God, he obeyed God-PERFECTLY. But even the perfect life Jesus lived, completely sinless, doing nothing in his life but loving people, healing people, HE WAS STILL REJECTED.
- Like Moses, God sent Him to a people oppressed who are quick to turn
- Like Moses, God sent Him to a world that would reject him for other gods
- Like Moses, He did signs and wonders and declared God's power to deliver
- Like Moses, when He followed God, things got worse.
- UNLIKE MOSES He didn't COMPLAIN or make EXCUSES; He refused to turn away from doing what was right because He lived beyond the horizontal realm. He obeyed despite the fact that his obedience RESULTED in his suffering and eventual death. His willingness to follow (EVEN WHEN BAD) was not predicated on the promises or pleasures of this WORLD but on
When we are on mission we should seek God's results and not our own. I encourage each of you to stay committed to your Bible reading plan and your journal.