Summary: This is the second in a series of sermons on vision within the church. It deals with idea’s of God’s guidance, protection, and provision as we fulfill His vision.
The Stewardship of Vision
Provision Along the Way
Exodus 13 ¡V 16
Last week we looked at Moses calling ¡V his burning bush experience and paralleled his experience with ours. We talked about Moses ¡V his calling, appointment, and anointing as the deliverer of Israel. We talked about our vision ¡V That God has appointed us as ¡§a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God¡¨. He has appointed us to be stewards of a vision. That vision is summed up in three very important statements.
„« Reaching Up ¡V Reaching up to God is worship ¡V finding in Him strength, hope, and direction for life. Living lives of worship that demonstrate tangibly to the world the Living Christ.
„« Reaching Out ¡V As a church we are called to reach outside of our own experience, to reach outside our own limitations, and grow into the people that God has called us to be.
„« Reaching People - We are not called to the task of building a big church or having the most programs, or even being the most talented. We are called to build the kingdom of God. We are called to the task of changing lives.
It was to this task that many of you pledged yourselves last week. I asked you if you were committed to the stewardship of this vision ¡V and willing to pay the price to see it accomplished. I found out this week that the price is often high ¡V and not easily paid ¡V but worth every ounce of effort. This morning I want to continue our look at Moses as he stewards the vision of God in his life and in that learn some wonderful promises for the stewardship of our own vision.
1) A Pillar of Cloud and Fire ¡V Exodus 13:21-22 ¡V Here is the first great promise to vision stewards. God will provide guidance for the journey. God could have said to Moses ¡V deliver my people ¡V How? I don¡¦t know you figure it out! Instead God provides guidance throughout the journey. In the early stages of Israels journey and for as long as they needed it God provided for them visual guidance in the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. The people would camp where it stopped and move when it moved. There is a great lesson in this for us. God wants to share with us guidance for our vision. He doesn¡¦t leave us to go around willy nilly all over the place ¡V He steers a perfect course through the wilderness. While Israel had the fire and cloud we have been given something greater ¡V the Holy Spirit indwelling our lives. In the latter part of that Great Commission that we talked about last week Jesus says the most beautiful thing, ¡§Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.¡¨ Jesus reminds us that He is with us in this journey. He does not appoint us to a task that He will not lead us through step by step. Here is the rub though ¡V we have to be willing to follow where He leads. I told you last week that this vision requires labor, sweat, and even tears but God leads us through. The people of Israel had to go through a wilderness and the Red Sea before they got to the Promised Land, but God went with them till they arrived. That is the promise for us as well. He will be with us to guide our steps both individually and corporately on this journey.