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Summary: There are two ways to approach life, with a clenched fish or an open hand. A clenched fist person says: “All I have, I have gained on my own.” An opened hand person says, “All I have, God has provided and blessed. I am just a manager of all God has gi

Living a Generous Life

Exodus 4:1-5 (quickview) 

It took God speaking to Moses from a burning bush to get the attention of Moses and make a life-changing impact on Moses. Moses was about 40 years old when he left Egypt and fled to Midian and there he worked as a Shepherd 40 years for the Priest of Midian, Jethro. One day while walking in the desert neat the Mountain of Horeb or Sinai he saw a burning bush that did not burn up. As he neared the bush God spoke to Moses. God said he heard the cries of the people in bondage in Egypt. God had a plan for His people and it included Moses. God told Moses that He wanted Moses to lead the people of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt.

God told Moses that He would be with him. Moses protested and said the people would not follow him. How would they know he was the messenger of the Lord? Exodus 4:1-5 (quickview) 

Moses seemed to have an excuse for everything God wanted him to do. People today continue to have excuses for not being faithful in serving the Lord.

Years ago I read an article outlining the excuses, that a person might use for not going to sports events. “Every time I went they asked for money. The people with whom I had to sit didn’t seem very friendly. The seats were too hard and uncomfortable. The coach never came to see me. The referee made a decision with which I could not agree. I was sitting with some hypocrites – they only came to see what others were wearing. Some games went into overtime, and I was late getting home. The band played numbers that I had never heard before. The games were scheduled when I want to do other things. My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up. Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches anyway. I don’t want to take my children, because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.”

Do any of those excuses sound familiar? I’ve heard all of them in the past.

Moses finally stopped making excuses and listened to the Lord. He cast his staff on the ground.

Moses had to cast the shepherd’s staff on the ground. Only when he turned lose of his staff was God able to do wonders and miracles.

God continues to ask every person He creates: “What is in your hand?”

There are two ways to approach life, with a clenched fish or an open hand. A clenched fist person says: “All I have, I have gained on my own.” An opened hand person says, “All I have, God has provided and blessed. I am just a manager of all God has given me.”

I. The Pathway of a Clenched Fist

The pathway of the clenched fist is the pathway of self-centeredness. “All I have is mine and you what you have is mine.” The clenched fist is the way of self centered living.

When I served in Kansas City as pastor of the Aldersgate FMC I did my best to encourage a young man to seek the Lord. He was a graduate of Kansas State and was involved in ROTC (Reserved Officers Training Corps). After graduation he spent three years as a Navel Officer. When he returned to Kansas City he began working at a bank and taking courses to become an attorney.


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