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What is that in your hand?

Moses was in a place where he had met God in the burning bush.  God had given Moses the promises that He was going to accomplish and use Moses as a leader.  You would think that Moses would be on board, ready to do this great work, but then the writer of Exodus spend the majority of time writing about Moses and his excuses (how we can often relate today).

I think one of the first excuses was key.  Moses asked for proof of whose name he was coming in the power of.  God replied with a question, "What is that in your hand?"  Then God told him, "Throw it on the ground..." (Exodus 4:2-3)

One of the first evidences that God was going to use was what Moses already possessed.  Let me ask you, what is in your hand that could be used to honor God?  Is it the gift of teaching His Word?  The ability to share the Gospel effectively?  The care that you have for other believers?  The ability to administer and bring fellowship among others?

Your church today could really use your gifts and talents that you already possess to lead people to grow and make disciples.

Let me go a step further.  There are some things that may be in our hands that God wants us to put down once and for all.  The next time you read that passage in Joshua 24, see how many times he tells them to throw things away and choose to follow God!  Let me explain this.  I have a family of southern heritage.  I desire for our country to turn back to politically conservative values in our government.  They are good things to know and recognize in our lives.  The main thing though that I have to hold on in my hands is not my heritage or my political views.  This doesn't mean that I do not love my family.  It means though that I see those things are not eternal and my relationship with Christ is.  I never want my heritage or political views to be a barrier between someone and them hearing the Gospel.  I do want them to see though what is in my hands,

So what do I have in my hands?  I have to hold up the banner of the blood stained empty cross, that shows Jesus to be my risen Savior.  This is what I have to pick up, this is what we are called to pick up.  Luke 9:23, "If anyone desires to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me."  It's interesting how much we try and replace the cross with things and justify them being there.  When you hold up the cross, you recognize that it's about Christ.  Yes that may offend others, but this is what I have been called to live and share.  Not in a matter of offending, but in a matter of love and sharing hope.  In a matter of knowing that I am going to share a message that may be offensive, but it may be hope to some that need to hear how from their place of sinful living, there is a redeemer named Jesus Christ, who paid the price with His life, no matter your race, heritage, or political views.  And he gives us the call today that truly, "Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!"

The call of Christians and our society are clashing like never before.  We are seeing the destruction of the family from external and internal influences.  We are seeing a desire for people to shun purity.  People are seeking a place where they can have just enough Christianity to get by, and choosing to live like the world.  Friend that is an internal clash that you have to realize will never bring about victory.  The sides are being clearer and clearer.

This is why I reflect upon Joshua's words: "As for me and my house, we will worship God."

So is the cross in your hands today?  Don't let your hands be filled by anything else except Jesus!

God bless!

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