Summary: Sometimes it is in the most peculiar places that God chooses to reveal His plan for our lives to us. It is through His calling that we find life in a dying world.
How To Find Life in a Dying World
(Part 1, The Call)
Text: Exodus 3:1-10
We find life when…
1. God reveals Himself to us
It often takes the most peculiar things for God to draw our attention away from the daily grind.
Have you ever been told something three of four times before you understood what was being said? I remember camping with my youth group up in the panhandle of Florida and we were taking our showers out in the forest. They were of the garden hose variety. I cut my toe on a double-edged axe sticking up out of the ground. I yelled to the cabin for help and for them to bring down the first aid kit. They thought I was saying come down and get naked. I had to hobble up to the door and show them my stub of a toe before they understood what I needed. God does the same thing with Moses here in Midian.
There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. (Vs. 2)
Have you ever found yourself playing “Christian”? This can be the most distracting part of our lives that keeps us from hearing God’s voice. Moses probably wasn’t expecting to see a burning bush in the cliffs of a local mountain. He probably had been there many different times and, not thinking, walked on by with staff in hand tending his sheep. Caught up in his daily routine, it probably was out of his mind that God was trying to get his attention.
Have all men heard God’s call? Frankly, I don’t know. Probably some far-reaching areas of the world have not been reached by the gospel yet. But even in that situation there are evidences of God’s voice. Take the example of this missionary:
Lady goes to Africa to give an ancient tribe a written language and then translate the Gospel for them in their native tongue.
God must reveal Himself to us in order that we come to Him and answer His call. Has He done that today? Has He done that in the past? Let me ask you this; have you read your Bible lately? If you have then God has shown Himself to you. John 1:1 states that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word was with God and it was in fact God Himself. God has revealed Himself to all who have heard the good news. They have heard God’s call. They may not have listened to it clearly and long enough, but they have heard it. If you have not stopped and listened to the call of our Lord you need to let Him reveal Himself to you today. We are all called by God as sinners. We are called to Him as pleasing children.
2. God calls us to Himself. (Pleasing Children)
“There is no calling unless there is a Caller.”
I have the weirdest phone service I have ever heard. I get these calls, and I’m sure you do as well, the phone rings and you pick it up and say hello and everything, but there is no answer on the other end. This is a very frustrating thing. Sometimes it happens over and over and over again. Soon you just say forget it and don’t pick up the phone. I also have a new problem that happens every so often where I will be talking with someone on the phone and out of nowhere I am all of the sudden talking with a complete new person who just dialed in. I don’t know what they call this feature. They have call-waiting, call-forwarding, call-return…I guess this one is call-interrupting. But it’s frustrating not knowing to whom you are talking. As Christians we must know who is calling us in order to come to Christ.