I Am With You

“10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you…”

Exodus 3:10-12a

When you realize that God has been at work long before you were born, you are now ready to stop trying to live life your own way.  Think about how often we attempt to be the master of our sails.  Somehow we think we can make it all go our way if we just take life by the reigns and say, “I’m going to make this happen!”

However, the usual outcome is that no matter how successful we become in that area of life, we still have no peace or purpose in the end.

We do this in areas of ministry as well.  For years, I have tried to accomplish “ministry” with a gifts attitude.  For instance, If I am not gifted in talking to people one on one, then I would avoid telling people about my faith.  If I had limited resources, I assumed that I would not be successful because I did not have all I needed.  This attitude is devastating to the Kingdom.  I am not saying that we are not gifted in certain areas.  Indeed, we are gifted in certain areas more than others.  However, our gifts do not limit God, nor does it limit my obedience to His commands. I am not saying resources are evil. In fact, God has blessed us to be a blessing.

However, think about this. If we are made to be different, peculiar, set apart, a holy nation, and Kingdom Heirs (Romans 8:17, & 30-39, Hebrews 10:10-12, 1 Peter 2:9-12, etc.), then why do we not see different manifestations of God’s presence than local clubs in our communities.  We have turned the focus to humanitarian needs in our approach to the gospel. Humanitarian needs should be met and being part of the effort is a great thing to do. However, this is often done without ever heralding the name of Jesus.  How will they know unless we go and TELL them? (Romans 10:14-15) Not only that, but we should be different than local clubs that meet the needs around them.  We should meet the needs around us, but we should also see the supernatural move of God.  One of the reasons this does not happen, is that we never put ourselves in a situation that is outside of our realm of gifting or resources.  Have you ever been on a mission trip?  Think about all of the resources we think we must take with us.  I have been on several where we pay extra money per bag to ensure we have enough resources.  I am not saying that this is wrong.  We should be prepared, but for the most part I have seen that before we leave we have a limited mind-set of the Kingdom.

Luke 10:1-12

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless, know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

When Jesus sends the seventy out in Luke 10 to display the Kingdom, He tells them to basically just take themselves.  We see a few things they were allowed to take, but as far as the resources we want to take on our journeys, we see none.  Why do you think He would set them up for failure?  Doesn’t Jesus know that the more resources we have, the more we are prepared, and the more people we will be able to help?  I believe that Jesus is not only wanting to move in the communities that He sent them, but He wants to move in their own personal lives as well.  To depend on one another and depend on Him.

Go back to the story of Moses.  Moses was wanting to focus on his inadequacies from the very beginning.  God constantly has a response, but the initial response is my favorite.  Moses is wondering why God would choose him for this task.  He says, “Who am I?”  Notice, God does not spend many hours trying to explain all of Moses’ qualities, all the resources he has for his journey, nor does He remind him of his past failures and victories that have trained him for this.  No, God just simply says, “I will be with you.”

That’s it!  That is all he needs for this most complicated and scary task.  He needs the presence of God to go with him.  That is all.

Wow! What if we had the same set up as Moses?!  When He commanded Moses to do something, He promised him the very best thing He could—His presence.

Well, guess what?  We do!

Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We see this same theme again in Acts chapter one.

Jesus has placed a huge responsibility on our shoulders as well.  Sometimes we sound just like Moses, trying to tell God that we are not qualified.  Truth is, “we” are not qualified.  It is who resides in us that makes all the difference!

God answers with the same response to our inadequacies today, “I am with you.”

We not only have the same set up as Moses, but ours is even better.  He lives in us!

1 Corinthians 3:16—We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:22—We are the dwelling place of God.

Since this is true—Paul reminds us in Romans 8:10-11—THINK ABOUT IT! The same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead, now LIVES in you! (my paraphrase)

We need to start believing the truth so we can see the move of God today.  We carry His presence wherever we go.  The question is—are we allowing Him out?

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