This month, our series focuses on Legacy Heroes – those people who have left an imprint on those around them. These Heroes can be found in the Bible, and in life around us. This series will share stories about a few people from the Bible, people from the past, and family members around us.
There are over six billion people on Earth right now.
Six billion! And out of those over six billion people there are around 190 country leaders that are shaping and moving the people where they live and directing the nation’s course. That is just over one for every 316 million people in the world. Those leaders are a big deal and have a heavy burden to bear. Just look at our country currently and all of the turmoil from both sides and within each party. Whether you are a political person or not, you surely have taken notice. These potential presidents are trying to show how good of a leader they are going to be and how grand their ideas are, while at the same time reducing themselves to that of a third grader, bashing the others. This is not one person or another, but all of them. But this is not going to be a political rant by any means (so please do not leave such comments).
The Bible is full of many ordinary people that God used to do extra ordinary things with.
Mostly regular and flawed men were given the charge to lead God’s people and direct them closer to him (Please understand, all leaders are flawed).
One of the most influential leaders in the Bible and whom I look towards is the prophet Moses.
One of the things most admirable about Moses is his ability to say no. He grew up as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. His life was set. He didn’t need to worry about lifting a finger in manual labor, wondering where his next meal would be, or doing anything he didn’t want to. He had every convenience at his fingertip. But when he was older, he said no to this life (Hebrews 11:24). It wasn’t because he was rebellious and a troubled person. It was because of Moses’ heart for God and plans God had for Moses’ life. Talk about strength and courage, with a whole heaping of trust in the middle of uncertainty.
A second thing I look towards Moses for is his eternal vision. He knew the value in the eternal work that was being done and its importance over the instant satisfaction of this life. In life we only get glimpses of eternal things and have to trust in what God has spoken to us through the Scriptures. Without that trust, our lives become focused narrowly on today and the life we are currently living, wanting to make the most of it and enjoy it to its fullest while neglecting God’s call on our lives.
Thirdly, Moses ultimately accepted God’s call on his life. Moses questioned God as to whether he really was the person to do this and he gave God excuses of why he would be a poor choice. But ultimately Moses accepted (Exodus 4:10). Moses was surely educated well in the Egyptian schools (Acts 7:22), so why did he give the excuse to God of not being a good speaker? Perhaps this speaking problem had to do with not knowing the Hebrew language well as he was taught the hieroglyphs and cuneiform as a child. This would have led to issues in leading the Israelites as they would not have understood him well. He would have needed Aaron to help translate and speak on his behalf. Moses certainly could have had a physical speaking disability or problem speaking in front of large crowds, but ultimately no matter the reason, he overcame his own objections and accepted God’s call on his life to be the leader of the Israelites out of slavery.
Moses is a man of stature and is to be looked at for how he discerned for himself what was right and important, his ability to look beyond himself and this life and gaze into eternity, and his ability to push aside his fears and worries and accept what God wanted for His life. Moses certainly had his downfalls and was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But just as his successes and highlights are to be learned from, so too do his downfalls need to be examined and learned from. This is the only way to continue to become Christ centered people living in the here and now but staking our residence in heaven.