Divine call for god’s workers

Published 7:06 pm Friday, September 3, 2010

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-22

Aim: To help the pupil understand that God calls His workers and directs them into their labor.

Text: “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large” (Exodus 3:8a). “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharoah, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10).

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There are those who teach that God created everything, wound creation up like a clock, and then moved away from His creation. He only watches it. According to these folks, God does not have any kind of interchange with His creation.

Now, I do not know where these folks get such an idea. If one reads the Bible, even casually, he cannot help but see that the Bible teaches that God created all things and is actively engaged with it. John wrote that Jesus Christ created all things, “and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).

Paul tells us that by Jesus Christ “all things consist” and have their being” (Colossians 1:17). The word “consist” literally means that which holds all things together. Jesus Christ, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit created, maintains and controls all.

This truth brings man face to face with the fact that he is responsible to Almighty God, and, as the Scriptures plainly teach, he will give an accounting to God some day.

Since God is in control of all of creation, it is only fitting that He chooses others to minister and do much of the work He wants done. For example, all un-fallen angels are “ministering spirits” who attend to the affairs of God as He appoints.

The same is true of men. When God wants to accomplish a work with and among men, He often calls someone and commissions them to do His work. This was the case with Noah, Abraham, David, and on and on it goes. This is still Jehovah God’s method in the church and among men today. God calls and commissions individuals to do the work He wants done.

1. In order to call men, Jehovah has to make Himself known to them (Exodus 3:1-6). God presented Himself in Moses’ pathway via a burning bush. Moses turned aside to look at a bush that burned, but would not be consumed by the flames. God made Himself known to Moses.

God has made Himself known through the Bible, the people in the Bible and supremely in Jesus Christ. God’s message is plain and understandable. He is the eternal God. Man is a desperate sinner. Christ came to pay for man’s sins dying on the cross. Man may now call upon the Lord to forgive and deliver him from sin and its penalty!

2. God is still using individuals to reveal Himself to men. In doing so, He calls people to serve Him in the same way as He called Moses. Moses was given the job of delivering Israel. We today have various jobs to which God calls: Sunday School teacher, youth worker, pastor, choir director, etc. Each one who serves in these and other spiritual jobs need to be called by the Lord. The Lord calls some to do His work, but they are unwilling to obey. Shame! God has called!

3. God requires those called to humble their self into submission (3:5). “Put off thy shoes” implies agreement and surrender to God. Every one called ought to approach God in awe and submission with a readiness to know and do God’s will.

4. Moses made excuses (3:11-13). He complained that he was a no body, could not speak, and he had no idea of what to do. The objections were answered by the Lord. The same is true today. The Lord is calling His workers. He will give clear guidance and remove excuses for those who sincerely want to do His will. God still calls individuals to do His work.

Thought: If you have been called to serve God, have you submitted to His will?