Monday, June 9, 2014

Pastor's Pondering, June 9, 2014

What is God’s Role For You?

Over thirty years ago, a well known actor, Eddie Murphy, turned down an ensemble role in a movie that went on to gross almost three hundred million dollars worldwide.  The reason he turned down that ensemble role was that he got the lead role in a movie series that has grossed over seven hundred million dollars and Beverly Hills Cop IV is scheduled to come out in 2016. 

I believe God wants us to play the lead role in the purposes, plans, and procedures that he has established for us long before we were born.  We can choose pretty good and comfortable roles or we can decide that we would rather do what God is calling for us to do rather than what is easy, convenient, or effortless (Acts 5:29).

Moses, who God called to lead his people out of bondage into the Promised Land, had an exalted role as the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter.  He could have ignored his brethren and continued his comfortable existence but he chose to play his role as a leader with God’s chosen people (Exodus 2:11-12, Exodus 4:29-31). 

God was so pleased with Moses’s choice that He valued him more than the other Jews and said He would destroy them and make a new nation from Moses (Exodus 32:9, 10).  However, Moses prayed as an advocate for the people and “…the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened” (Exodus 32:14).

The Persian and Median rulers were threatening to kill all of the Jews but God put Esther in a role of queen for her people.  She was called to defend her people (Esther 4:14) and she did with much courage.

I believe that it is important for us to do what God has called for us to do even though it may seem dangerous, uncomfortable, uncertain and unpopular.  Who knows? Your actions and obedience may save others from destruction?

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Acts 5:29
New International Version (NIV)
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Exodus 32:9, 10
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“I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.
10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”

Esther 4:14
New International Version (NIV)
14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

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