The Church is a sending agency not a seating arrangement. As I have stated in previous posts the Holy Spirit is called our Comforter not our Comfortable. He is our Comforter because of the warfare that walking with Jesus creates. If there is no warfare in our life then we need to check the distance between us and Jesus.
From the earliest moments of human history God willed that His covenant partners would advance His Kingdom to every area that was not enjoying the benefits of said Kingdom.
To the first Adam God said, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it and rule over it.” In other words, take the blessings of the Garden [Paradise] to the rest of the world.
This mandate contained fighting words. This mandate detailed God’s plan of invasion, investment and occupation. The Church is a warrior Bride who walks side by side with her Husband the King to fill the earth with His life and lifestyle.
Why was this God’s mission for His man? Because He has always loved the world He created [John 3:16,17].
Unfortunately the first Adam failed but God never deterred from His mission to co-labor with man to take His Kingdom to the entire world.
Since that initial failure God had continued to look for a man who would step up to the challenge to fulfill His plan for the earth [Ezekiel 22:30]. This is an important theme for us to keep in mind as we move through the next few blogs on The Sending.
Fast forward to Moses and the predicament the natural descendants of Abraham found themselves in in Egypt. Egypt is a type of the world system that is humanistic and anti God in nature.
In Chapter three of the Book of Exodus we find God visiting Moses and commissioning him to do what God said He would do.
“And the LORD said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt’” [7-10].
God does not need any human involvement to get His work done. And yet God has limited Himself – for the most part – to calling and commissioning people to do His work on the earth.
God said [says] ~ “I have surely seen the oppression!” “I have heard their cries!” “I know their sorrows!” “I have come down to deliver them!” “I have come down to bring them up!”
God is communicating to Moses [and us] that He is not just aware of people’s sufferings, but that He shares [knows = to experience] their sorrows [physical and mental pain]. God feels the pain of every human on the planet and He wants them all to be delivered from their plight.
It is interesting that God always comes down to our level in order to elevate us to His. In an earlier blog I mentioned that God comes into our lowness to raise us up to His highness. We must remember, God loves every person where they are but He does not necessarily love where they are.
The call of one man [Moses] was meant to elevate the status and stature of everyone in bondage. This is a huge deal. God really does want all people to be saved [made whole = free from every kind of oppression]. We find this clearly stated in 1 Timothy 2:4 ~ “[God] who desires all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of [His ] truth.”
Whether or not people truly and fully benefit from God’s work is up to each individual person. We know that God delivered millions of people out of Egyptian bondage. Many of those delivered were not from Abraham’s lineage [Isaac and Jacob – see Exodus 12:37,38]. This is a beautiful picture of God’s heart for all humanity.
What was God’s solution to this problem? “Moses, I WILL SEND YOU”! You may be thinking the same thing Moses thought ~ What? Who? Do You know who I am? Do You know what I am not? Do You know all my faults, weaknesses, and inabilities. Do You know what You are doing?
The writer of Hebrews give us an amazing insight into this process for Moses. “By faith Moses, when he had grown up . . . . [11:24].” Moses reached a point when he had an epiphany. He was forty years old [Acts 7:23-29] when he “grew up” and had this epiphany.
What was the epiphany that created maturity? Moses realized why he was on the planet. Now, he got ahead of God and spent the next forty years learning the lessons of trust, but that day he began to make decisions that placed him at odds with the world system of his day [Hebrews 11:24-29].
Have you heard the Lord say to you, “I will send you?” Well, He is calling out to you. I want to encourage you with the same promise God responded to Moses with when he questioned God’s sanity ~ “I will be with you” [Exodus 3:13-15].
“I will send you and I will be with you.”
Go and be great!
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury