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God Initiates and Men Lead

“I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. And now, come, I will send you to Egypt. “This Moses, whom they rejected when they said, Who appointed you a ruler and a judge?  — this one God sent as a ruler and a deliverer through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. This man led them out and performed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years.” Acts 7:34-36 CSB


It was God Who initiated the freeing of Israel from slavery in Egypt. It was God Who promised to come and free Israel from slavery. How did He do such a thing? Through the man Moses. Through man, Moses, God delivered Israel by empowering him with God’s power to accomplish His work. This is how God works in the world. God initiates and calls a man and then enables that man to do the work of God in the world. In this way, God receives all the glory for the work accomplished. The godly man, the leader God chooses, must make himself available to God and obey God by doing the work God has assigned. The man doesn’t have to be perfect, as Moses repeatedly demonstrated. The man does have to be faithful, which Moses also shows repeatedly. If we will be God’s man and a leader in God’s kingdom, we must seek God to do God’s work in the world, looking for His direction and empowerment to complete that work. The specificity of that work will come from our relationship with God and through our relationships with others. God’s work, generally, establishes God’s kingdom upon earth as it is in heaven. It intentionally and systematically seeks and saves the lost, making disciples of the saved until all are reconciled to God and walking in obedience to His commands. It is this work for which we will be rewarded by our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who will judge all people, expecting all of His people to be connected to the vine and bearing much fruit. It is the fruit that demonstrates connectivity and glorifies God on earth as He is glorified in heaven, for which we will receive eternal reward.


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