Summary: Our call to service means using whatever gifts and opportunities God places in our hands. Nothing more; nothing less.
What’s In Your Hand?
Dr. Roger W. Thomas, Preaching Minister
First Christian Church, Vandalia, MO
Introduction: A college professor, an avowed atheist, told his class that he intended to prove to them that God didn’t exist. Addressing the ceiling he shouted: "God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you 15 minutes!" The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin fall. Ten minutes went by. Again he taunted God, saying, "Here I am, God. I’m still waiting."
He smiled at the class as he counted down to the last couple of minutes. Near the rear of the class, a student looked around and quietly stood up. He was a big guy, a Marine - just released from active duty and newly registered in the class. The Marine walked up to the professor without saying a word. He approached the teacher, reared back and hit him full force, and sent him tumbling from his lofty platform.
The stunned professor just lay there for a minute! The students were shocked. The young Marine took a seat in the front row and sat silent. When the professor finally came around, he looked up at the young Marine. “What’s the matter with you? Why did you do that?" he demanded. "God told me to tell you he was busy so He sent me!"
It may not be exactly like that but God has an assignment for you today. He wants to send you into his service. Today we move to the fourth purpose for which God made us. Using Rick Warren’s roadmap for our search for the Bible’s answer to “what on earth am I here for,” we’ve discovered that we are “planned for God’s pleasure. God put us here to worship him. Secondly, we were formed for God’s family. He fashioned us to live in fellowship with others. True believers need the support and encouragement of others in the family of the church. Last week, we examined the third purpose. We were created for Christ-likeness. The Bible calls this discipleship. Becoming a Christian means following Jesus’ teachings and accepting his example as our model for life. This brings us to our next purpose. We were shaped for God’s service. The Bible terms this purpose—ministry.
The story of Moses provides a good case study for our look into the purpose and nature of our ministries. Our view of Moses tends to be larger than life. When we think Moses, we see Charleston Heston. We see a strong, powerful, determined saint of God, nothing like us. But that’s not the whole story. It’s not even close.
Moses’ life was about to turn in a whole new direction. That was no small thing for an eighty year old man. But it had happened to Moses before. He was born to slave parents during the dark days of Pharaoh’s persecution of the Hebrew people. To save his life, Moses’ mother hid him in the river. He was unexpectedly discovered and rescued by Pharaoh’s own daughter. Moses moved from the slave quarters to the king’s palace. His Hebrew mother became his private nurse. She taught him that though he may be Pharaoh’s grandson to everybody else, he was still one of God’s people.