CHURCH LEADERS: PLEASE, READ AND BEWARE….

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CHURCH LEADERS: PLEASE, READ AND BEWARE….

As we serve God in His Kingdom, this reflection highlights the HUGE DIFFERENCE that may exist between our perspective as men, and God’s perspective from above. And it is God’s perspective that shapes our reward in eternity – not the accolades of men.

FROM MEN’S PERSPECTIVE:
It was a defining, glorious moment in the glittering career of Prophet Moses. Once again, the Lord had used him to perform a spectacular miracle. A miracle that averted the apparent annihilation of the entire nation of Israel through the scourge of thirst that was ravaging the land.

The greatest beauty of the miracle was in its sheer simplicity – all Moses did was to just hit a massive rock twice with his well-known rod that had accomplished much in the deliverance of the Israelites. And water flowed freely in torrents upon a land that had become parched and tinder-dry. Men drank. Women drank. Children drank. Beasts drank. And once again, a wave of refreshing swept through the land, as the people lifted up their hands in gratitude and adoration to Yahweh for His great mercy.

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A year ago, analysts and social commentators discussed the phenomenon that had become tagged as ‘The Miracle of Meribah’. It was Moses’ finest hour, though being a modest man, he avoided staying in the limelight; and politely turned down a prime-time TV interview with the Wilderness Television Station (WTS). But this was a spectacular miracle that the modesty and shyness of Moses could not overshadow.

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The main newspaper, The Wilderness Times, had a cover page photo story that featured an obviously relieved Moses, as water gushed forth from the rock in the background. On the ‘Wilderness Facebook’, Moses’ achievement was ‘posted’, ‘liked’, ‘shared’, and commented on by hundreds of thousands of people. Most users used Moses photo as their display picture across the social media. On the Twitter service in the wilderness, the hashtag #MosesSavesTheDay trended heavily for several days.

It was INDEED Moses’ finest hour – the crowning glory of a distinguished career as God’s prophet, servant, and friend. What more could any man had asked for?

FROM GOD’S PERSPECTIVE:
At that same instance, while Moses was being celebrated and honoured on the earth, the anger of the Lord was waxing hot against him. God had instructed Moses to ‘speak to the rock’, but instead, Moses had struck the rock twice! It appeared to be a small matter of disobedience, but the consequences were unbelievably stern:

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“And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore YOU SHALL NOT BRING THIS ASSEMBLY INTO THE LAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN THEM.” (Numbers 20:12)

Wow!!! An abrupt termination of a divine assignment to which Moses had dedicated his life!

Understandably, Moses was extremely sad that he would not be allowed to complete the journey he started 40 years ago. Knowing that the Lord is full of mercy, Moses repented, apologised profusely, and asked to be given another chance. Please read his account of how that request went: “And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, ‘O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’ But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough from you; DO NOT SPEAK TO ME OF THIS MATTER AGAIN.” (Deuteronomy 3:23-26)

And with the instruction NEVER to mention the matter again, Moses’ fate was sealed finally. In His mercy, the Lord allowed Moses to have a glimpse of the Promised Land from a far distance, but his feet would never step into it physically. “The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel. When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was…. (Numbers 27:12-13). And that was how Moses died.

LESSON FOR US TODAY:

(1) In the work of God, it is NOT about result – it is about OBEDIENCE.

(2) Men may be hailing and exalting you, while heaven is weeping over you. (Heaven is today weeping over many of the men of God that we are hailing and celebrating.)

(3) Never focus on WHAT God can do through you; rather, focus on WHO God can make you. Genuine service can only flow from a heart of obedience.

(4) Service to God is NOT primarily about DOING, it is primarily about BEING. (If we are not who God really wants us to be, we can NEVER do what He really wants us to do.)

“An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5)

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) Please also see 1 Corinthians 3:11-15.

Please let us maximise the available grace so that we can run our Christian race in a manner that will ensure that we OBTAIN, and not run in VAIN.

Thanks for reading, God bless.