Pastor Jeff Knott continues the sermon series on Rejoicing the City with “Call Forwarding”:
God has been calling people to join Him in His mission of redemption.
All the things that happened to Moses thus far were not incidentals, but they were all part of God’s preparation for him to participate in God’s mission.
God is able to use all the stuff of our lives.
God doesn’t waste a thing – they all can be pressed into service for the sake of the mission of God.
There are four ways that Moses tries to redirect the call on his life.
- Identity – Moses asks the question “Who am I?”
How we understand our identity is huge for what we will do with our lives.
God said, “I will be with you.”
God’s promise of His presence.
Our identity in God is not primarily found in what we have done; it is not primarily found in what has been done to us; it’ not found in the things that we have acquired; and, it’s not found in the things we have lost. Our identity is found in the One who calls our name. The One who has set His love on us and calls us His beloved – that’s who you are today.
- Authority – By whose authority am I sent?
God said, “I Am who I Am.”
This is a re-revelation of the divine Name – referring to His person, His character, His power, His reputation and His authority.
There is only one God and there is only one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus Christ. That’s the authority we carry out our mission. We get authority from God.
- Faith – lack of faith and lack of trust
God has the power to turn something into something else. God has the power to turn bondage into freedom, turn darkness into light, estrangement into relationship, scarcity into abundance and hate into love. We have to believe that and we need faith to believe that.
- Competence – Moses doubts his ability.
God said, “I will help you.”
The Lord is not looking for ability, He is looking for our availability. The Lord makes us competent.
God empowers us to do His mission.
The call always comes in the midst of the mess.
He’s waiting for our “Yes”.
Do we have a reason to say no to God? We have excuses, we don’t have reasons.