Summary: Moses, Pt. 15 of 15
15. THE SERVANT OF GOD (DEUT 34)
A friend sent me an e-mail with the subject “God’s resume.” The cover letter reads:
To Whom It May Concern,
I heard you were considering a new manager in your life. I would like to apply for the job. I believe I am the most qualified candidate. I created the heavens and the earth. I AM. I AM the only one that has ever done this job successfully. I was the first manager of human beings. In fact I made them, so naturally I know how humanity works, and what is best to get people back into proper working condition. It will be like having the manufacturer as your personal mechanic. If this is your first time considering Me, I would just like to point out that My salary has already been paid by the blood of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.
What I need from you is the acknowledgment that the price is sufficient to pay for all of your sin and your independence from Me. I need you to believe this in your heart and to tell somebody else about your decision with your mouth. The next thing I ask is the right to change and fix your life so you can learn how to stay close to Me. I will make some major changes and revisions. They are not for you to worry about. I need your permission to execute these changes, My way and in My time. I will change your desires and give you the strength to make the changes. Please keep your hands out of the way. Don’t try to help Me and don’t resist Me. I really do need your full commitment and cooperation. If you give Me those, the process can go smoothly, without delays. My resume is included below.
The resume includes these particulars:
EXPERIENCE: From the beginning of time. Before the beginning of time. From everlasting to everlasting. I made time.
PRIOR EMPLOYMENT: Created the universe, put the galaxies in place, formed man. Established heaven and earth by My spoken Word and am currently holding up the world by My power.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Omniscient
AVAILABILITY: Willing and ready to take over your life. Able to put your life together again. Will bring all of who I AM into your life. Can start now. Will transform your life if you let Me.
SALARY REQUIREMENT: Work in your life has already been paid for through the blood of My Son, Jesus. Your only responsibility is to commit initially and on a daily basis. To trust and obey what Jesus has done and wants to do in your life.
It’s been said, “Forty years Moses thought he was a somebody; the next forty years he discovered he was a nobody; and the last forty years he realized that God could use a nobody.”
Moses’ life was a paradox. He was a prince without a kingdom, a leader without a following, and a hero without a farewell. His experience included the peaks, the valleys, and the flatlands, but he lived a courageous life, chose a humble existence, and complete life’s foremost goals. He was a born winner and an eternal optimist, and never an abject failure or a sore loser. Though he stumbled, he never stagnated in his relationship with God. He lost touch with the Israelites, but he ever lost hope in them. In the end, the Precious Landowner, and not the Promised Land, was his better portion.
What do you live for? What do you leave behind? How do people regard you?
SERVE THE LORD AND GIVE YOUR BEST
5 And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said.
Several decades ago, the Standard Oil Company (Chevron today) was making preparations to establish itself in Indonesia. Company executives were seeking a manager for their Indonesian operations. They were informed that the man best qualified for the job was a certain missionary.
The company approached the missionary in reference to his availability for the position. Their offer was large: $30,000 yearly (a huge sum in those days). The missionary declined. Those seeking his services raised the offer. Still, he declined.
Finally they said, “Just name your salary. We’ll pay it if the salary we have named isn’t large enough.” “Oh,” replied he, “the salary is big enough, but the job wasn’t big enough!” (7,700 Illustrations # 3489)
The highest designation given to Moses was not something popular like “The Prince of Egypt,” something spectacular like “Prophet” (Num 12:6, Deut 34:10), or something historical like “Lawgiver” (2 Chron 34:14). The humble Moses would have cringed at those names; a simple and modest name would do for Moses. The most rewarding and satisfying accolade (2 Ki 18:12) Moses received was from God, and not man. God affectionately called Moses “My servant” (Num 12:7), putting him in select company and among famous luminaries such as Abraham (Gen 26:24), Jacob (Isa 44:1, 2), Caleb (Num 14:24), David (2 Sam 7:5), Job (Job 1:8), Isaiah (Isa 20:3), and Jesus (Matt 12:18). Elsewhere the Bible specified Moses as “His servant” (Ex 14:31, Josh 9:24, 11:15, Ps 105:26), and future generations respectfully identified him as “Thy servant Moses” (Neh 1:7).