And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes will be saved” – Mark 16:15-16
As Christians, we should have a passion to spread the good news of everlasting life in heaven, with the living God to all people. But I’m not here to preach to you about what you should be spending your time doing; who am I to do that? Today we will look into scripture to reveal what it says about how we are never alone on our mission to be game changers in this 21st century world.
The ascension isn’t about the absence of Jesus, but of his eternal presence on Earth. When Jesus left his disciples, he left them the Holy Spirit. An angel spoke about it and said, ‘”The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.’ Ephesians 3:17-19 tells of the true power of God.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, you will have the power to go about and spread the news of the gospel and change the world; just like the disciples. I have thought of various ways the Holy Spirit helps us in what we are called to do.
- Touches and fills us. – Acts 2:1-4
- Drives away fear. – Acts 2:14
- Shows us we are not alone. – Ephesians 3:17
- Empowers us. – Acts 6:1
- Gives us what we need. – Ephesians 6:10-17
Paul knew what the power of the Lord looked like after encountering him on the road to Damascus in Acts 9. Do you know what it looks like? Paul saw differently after that, his life had been changed. He saw Gods plan for his life. Do you trust in God?
Moses, in the book of Exodus is a great example of a very ordinary human being, who also saw God’s plan for his life after a life changing encounter. He spent his time protecting a flock in the harsh desert while finding food and water. But after a life changing encounter with the living God at the non-consuming, burning bush, his trust in God changed forever. Through the following five questions aimed at God, Moses discovered the extend of having ‘the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’
1. “Who am I?” – Exodus 3:11
Out of everyone, God had already selected Moses to lead his people out of slavery, despite that he, ‘beat [an] Egyptian to death and hid the body in the sand’. Never the less, he doubted God. The Lord responded by telling him, I will work through you Moses. Now I have rescued you, you must rescue the rest of the Israelites.
2. “What will happen if I go?” – Exodus 3:13
‘Suppose I go’ said Moses, and they don’t even know who you are. ‘Then what shall I tell them?’ One famous quote says that in these situations, “replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity.”
3. What if they don’t believe me?” – Exodus 4:1
Too often in life, the ‘what if…’ stops us. God listened to Moses once again and proceeded by asking Moses to throw his staff on the ground. ‘Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.’ Furthermore, ‘Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous’. To conclude, The Lord finished by telling Moses the water he took from the river Nile, would become blood.
The following quote from the 2010 film, Letters to Julliet sums up the effect of the two words, what and if.
“what and if are two words as non-threatening, as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life.”
4. “What about my voice?” – Exodus 4:10
We can learn a big lesson today from God’s response to this question posed by Moses. Moses was focusing on himself, rather than God. He was reminded, ‘who gave human beings their mouths?…Is it not I, the Lord?’ The fear of others silences us. If you ever doubt yourself, ask the question, what is the worst that can happen?
5. “Please send someone else.” – Exodus 4:13
This was Moses’ final attempt to avoid returning to the land where he was brought up in and subsequently fled from. But it was returned this this time with a slightly less placid response. ‘The Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well.’ God was and still is gracious and so sent Aaron, his brother to help Moses.
Are you going to trust in the Lord? Are you going to enlist in the Lord’s plans for you life? We must build up strong foundations, so that when the storms of life turn up and beat hard at our relationship with God, we will stand firm. Don’t be the seeds which landed on ground, but were strangled by the weeds and died. God will go with you; preserve to success. Not only do you have God, but you have your friends and Christian family to support you; just like Moses had Aaron.