True Spirituality Part 4: Moses – Learning to Come to Grips with the Real You
“Our family background, our environment, our personalities, the significant others, role models from our childhood, the values and belief systems we were taught all play a critical role in the formation of our identity. (Living on the Edge p.95-96)
I. Moses' journey reveals how to come to grips with the real you.
Moses' parents, childhood, education, and experiences were God's preparation for him to fulfill His divine assignment. (Exodus 2)
Moses had a warped view (too high) of himself prevented him from fulfilling God’s purpose for his life. (Exodus 2:11-15)
11 One day,when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on theirburdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, hestruck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. Exodus 2:11-12 13 Whenhe went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?”14 He answered,“Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Exodus 2:13-14
Moses’ warped view (too low) of himself almost prevented him from fulfilling God's purpose for his life. (Exodus 3-4:19)
Excuse #1: “I’m a nobody” (3:9-12) 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10
Excuse #2: “I’m not smart enough” (3:13-15) 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:13
14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”[a] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14 Excuse #3: “I’m not credible” (4:1-5) Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” Exodus 4:1
Excuse #4: “I’m not qualified” (4:10-12)
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Exodus 3:10
11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”Exodus 3:11-12
II. Moses’ reluctant trust in God’s promises and God’s character were his “babysteps” to a sober self-assessment.
Excuse #1 – “I’m a nobody” -God’s Answer = “I will go with you.” Excuse #2 – “I’m not smart enough” -God’s Answer = “I have the answers.” Excuse #3 – “I’m not credible” - God’s Answer = “I will empower you.” Excuse #4 –“I’m not qualified” -God’s Answer = “I gifted you for this job.”
III. Moses' life reveals that a sober self-assessment is a prerequisite to fulfill our divine assignment. (Romans 12:3)
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3
“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
How do you come to grips with the real you? #1. Ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. #2. Begin the journey of developing a sober self-assessment by getting God’s view of you through . . . . . . His Word – Renew your mind . . . His people – Honest feedback . . . Personal evaluation –Top 3 Strengths/Weaknesses Card . . . Discovering your primary spiritual gift
#3. Celebrate daily that you are unique, loved, chosen, and are being prepared to fulfill your divine assignment.