Last week during the ROC pictures (reaching others for Christ) we learned how to connect with God. God has done everything to connect with us and then motivates us to connect with others by loving and serving them so that they can connect with God too. We saw how the mid-wives in Egypt had connected with God and as a result, they could not murder the innocent Hebrew boys just after they were born. Moses’ parents had connected with God and they did all that they could to protect the life of their new born son. They also taught their daughter Miriam to connect with God and as a result, she loved her brother and did all that she could do to protect him. They all put their lives on the line to help others because they had connected with God. Moses grows up and learns to connect with God.
An amazing thing happens when we connect with God, we learn that He has a plan for all of mankind and that we get to be a part of that awesome plan. Some people tell you that God has a plan for your life and to back that claim up, usually read the following verse from the Bible.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s plan here is not for the individual. His plan is His, for the entire nation of Israel. He reveals that plan to His prophet and the prophet gets to join in and be a part of God’s plan. The same thing happens to us today. When we connect with God, we learn that He has a plan for all of mankind and we get to join in with His plan. As the Bible teaches, we become ambassadors of Christ, pleading with people to be reconciled (reconnected) with God through Christ.
I. Moses joins in on God’s plan
We last left Moses being raised by the princess of Egypt. He grows up and as a man, has a heart for his people. He goes and visits them one day and seeing one of the Egyptian leaders about to murder a Hebrew slave, Moses is moved to intervene and he ends up killing the Egyptian. The next day two Hebrews are fighting and Moses intervenes again. The Hebrews mock him for killing the Egyptian and Moses runs away into the desert. After living in the desert for 40 years, Moses connects with God and learns of God’s awesome plan (a plan that He had revealed to Abraham over 450 years earlier). When Moses learns of God’s plan, he joins God and is used by God in a mighty way. God uses Moses to deliver the children of Israel from slavery under the Egyptian empire. This is the same idea that Jeremiah 29:11 conveys. God’s plan always involves reaching out to enslaved people and leading them to freedom. In our day this is spiritual, unlike Moses’ day when it was physical. All of mankind is enslaved to sin and needs to be set free. When we connect with God, He sets us free. He has a plan to set all people free and we get to join in that plan as His agents. This is God’s plan for your life no matter where you life or what you do. Have you joined this plan yet?
II. Moses is led by God
God spoke to Moses face to face and because of that, Moses was able to lead the people to victory. Moses had to stay connected to the source, God and because of that, he was able to accomplish God’s amazing plan. How do we stay connected to God today, even though we do not see Him face to face? The Word of God has the answer. It is found in II Timothy 3:16. According to II Timothy 3:16, when we meet with God through His Word, He teaches us day by day which equips us to carry out His plan. He shows us our mistakes and corrects us so that we are able to work with Him and the people around us. He also trains us daily so that we are equipped for victory. Do you meet with God daily through His Word? Are you being equipped to join God in His plan for humanity?
III. Moses helps others connect with God
As Moses led the children of Israel to freedom, He also had the privilege of teaching them how to connect with God. During his time in leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land, Moses was able to write the first 5 books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). Within those 5 books, God revealed the 10 commandments to Moses and Moses taught them to the people. The tabernacle was also revealed, which every aspect of pointed to Jesus Christ. This is the calling of every person who has connected with God and learned of His plan for humanity. Paul describes it best this way:
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (II Corinthians 5)
We are sent out to share the message with the world, that we can be reconnected with God because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection. Are you helping others reconnect with God? May the Lord help us connect with Him, learn of His plan, and join in becoming His ambassadors to the world.