Exodus 3:1-12 One day while Moses was taking care of the sheep and goats of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, he led the flock across the desert and came to Sinai, the holy mountain. (2) There the angel of the LORD appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. (3) "This is strange," he thought. "Why isn't the bush burning up? I will go closer and see." (4) When the LORD saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, "Moses! Moses!" He answered, "Yes, here I am." (5) God said, "Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. (6) I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (7) Then the LORD said, "I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave drivers. I know all about their sufferings, (8) and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land, one which is rich and fertile and in which the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites now live. (9) I have indeed heard the cry of my people, and I see how the Egyptians are oppressing them. (10) Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country." (11) But Moses said to God, "I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" (12) God answered, "I will be with you.
Matthew 5:13-16 "You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it. (14) "You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. (15) No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. (16) In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
April 18 2021
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of our hearts, be acceptable in your
sight O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen
I think wherever we are we at times get a sense of,
or an awareness,
a eureka moment where you begin to think outside the square.
And Moses has this kind of moment
and he has a sense that his life
is more than herding sheep and goats
and I think he has this tension going on inside him
and the conclusion he comes to is that
he is more than this.
Just like you and me. Because this is about you and me
and unless we take the story of God’s call on Moses out of the past
it can’t speak to us on the level God would have it speak to us.
For Moses this new awareness of what is life is all about
is a good idea
but it’s not for him.
It’s for someone else.
And I want to introduce this today and build
on it over the next weeks
because I believe that it’s true of you
that within your lives
there has been a dream, there is a dream.
I call them God given dreams because
they have a sense of the divine about them.
And when you have them
there is this crisis point in your life
whatever your age,
where you have to decide
between the dream
and the mediocre.
Between that which perpetuates the same old same old
or that which is a kind of quantum leap
and you’re thinking above and beyond your
Most of the time we settle for the same old same old
but dare I say
not you. You don’t want to settle for the same old same old.
Because if you did, you wouldn’t be here
you wouldn’t be part of a faith community
because a faith community
connects you with God
and that’s scary because
the Divine will always lift you out of and beyond the mediocre.
And if as a church, we can get beyond
the songs we like
and the way we should worship,
and be still enough you will undoubtedly discover the Divine
and your life will be possessed with a divine restlessness.
So I say – you are never part of a congregation by accident.
You are not here today by accident
you had to be here.
But just remember, it’s always dangerous to be part of a congregation
because you don’t know what God has in store for you
but know this whatever God has in store for you,
it will help people who are hurting
and it will glorify God.
And you will be a blessing and be blessed – even more than you are now.
So church is a dangerous place.
And by the way, if you ever think you’ve escaped God,
He has gone into your wilderness to find you
and He found you in His cross
I love you
and he is picking you up and carrying you home
even at this moment.
You are His beloved.
So Moses – a divine calling on his life
and his response
That’s the first lie we tell ourselves to often.
You are not a nobody Moses – you are the beloved child of God.
I grew up in the church
and somewhere round the age of 17
I had this amazing sense of revelation
that God was love
and that in Him there was no darkness
and we must have been reading this at youth group
but for me
I remember as I walked home this night
the enormity of what that meant broke upon me.
of the love of God
beyond my comprehension
vast in an all inclusive love.
While my peer group were living in fear of hell
and my leaders were trying to make me aware of
the anger and wrath of God
I was in another world.
A world that was called into being through agape love
never giving up
always patience and kind and
A love that would ever pursue me even into death
because I was His beloved.
So while my peers were wallowing in my opinion,
in the gutter of legalism
and rules and regulations
getting off on intricate head knowledge
I felt I was soaring on eagle’s wings
in a universe where in the end God’s love wins.
So I wasn’t popular.
I should add that while I sensed what was the divine love of God
it alas, was not how I lived.
I was often angry and rebellious
and lost – that was my twisted human nature,
and yet always aware of the pursuing, ‘hound of heaven’
hot on my heels.
But even at that age I began to dream of a Church that was
a gathering of men and women
and teens and children
who were surrendering to this Divine love
that would never let them go.
A people infused with this divine love
who were as outrageously generous as God.
A community of people
that exuded joy
and gentleness and kindness and humility
and whose aroma would flood out into the community
in transforming beauty
a people of the resurrection.
Not people who were holier than anyone else
not people who felt they had a right to judge
not people who demanded an entrance exam
before you were acceptable to God
Rather a people who were none of these things
but were men and women who
had been drowning in the storms of life
men and women
who knew they were no better than anyone else
but who had experienced the Grace of God
a Grace which says
I love you
because you need to be loved.
And who knew the power of love to heal
and so chose to be such a love in the community.
A church – when it gathers together – it would be hard to stop the laughter and the
joy. Amen? That was and is my dream.
And then when such dreams come
we begin to see Divine possibilities.
And even the scars in our lives are turned to stars.
So the Divine encounter happens
and a dream awakens in your mind.
Maybe a dream for your own life
that will be world changing. Why not?
Maybe a dream for this church.
Is it possible to have the best ministry to parents and young children
in the country?
Is it possible?
Of course it is.
Is it possible to have the most helpful and encouraging children ministry in the
Is it possible?
Of course it is.
Is it possible that you have a personal God given dream
that is calling you out of mediocrity to greatness
because you will help people who are hurting
and God will be glorified?
Of course, that possibility will ever come to your mind.
The danger is that like Moses you will say
I will say
that’s a great idea God
but I’m nobody
this is far too big for me!
There is a man fishing and every fish he catches he measures
and if it’s over 12 inches
he throws it back in the water
12 inches he keeps it.
A man watching him says, I’m intrigued.
Why do you throw all the fish over twelves inches back into the water.
The fisherman says, that’s simple.
My frying pan is only 12 inches.
How big is your frying pan?
What is it in your life
in my life
that limits us so that we say
It’s impossible I can’t do that?
Maybe it’s time you got a frying pan as big as God’s
so that when the God given dreams come
you have the space within to
say: If God has placed a dream within me
it must be possible.
You will be a blessing
and God will bless you.
Let us Pray
Now unto God the Father, God the Son and God, the holy Spirit, be all the honour and
glory, world without end. Amen
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