What’s in your hand?

In our teenage class this quarter we are studying the Lads to Leaders material on Exodus.  The lesson (by Ben Giselbach) for Sunday 1/27/19 is one that really made me think, and one that is not just for young people.  In Exodus 3 and 4, we see the event of Moses talking to God at the burning bush.  God tells Moses to go to Egypt and tell pharaoh to let the Children of Israel go.  Moses begins to make excuses, and in Exodus 4:1 asked God what if they don’t believe me or listen to me?  God responds by asking Moses, “what is that in your hand?”.  Moses replies, “A staff.”  God then proceeds to work a miracle by changing the staff into a serpent and back into a staff.  The purpose? To show Moses, God can use you and whatever you have to accomplish GREAT things.

So, the question to us today is the same.  What is in your hand?
1. Time - We all have it, but how are we using it?  Are we making the best use of our time to do God’s will? (Eph. 5:15-17) Let’s take the time we have in hand and use it for the Glory of God, doing all things in the Name of the Lord - Col. 3:17
2. Ability - Eph. 4:11-16 and Romans 12:6-8 remind us that we don’t all have the same talents from God, but we all do have talents to be used to do His will.  January and February are focused on Involvement.  Find a ministry to use your God given talent, and by doing so you will “stir up love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24) in the Church.
3. Destiny - Ultimately each of us has our eternal destiny in our hands.  God has done everything possible to give us salvation in Jesus. (Eph. 1:3-7; 2:8-10). How will you respond?  Make excuses like Moses initially, or Serve God faithfully like Moses for the rest of His life.

It is my prayer that we will all choose to serve God faithfully with our time and abilities accepting His salvation in Jesus Christ.

In Christian Love,
Michael Cagle