Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
Remember Moses and the burning bush? Remember my question to you, “What’s your burning bush?” Well, I have some news for you: it wasn’t really about Moses, which means it’s not all about you, either. But before you “click” out of here, let me explain the overwhelming affirmation from God in this.
Go all the way back to Genesis 12, and 15. Genesis gives us the original covenant between God and Abram, verses 2-3 “I will make you into a great nation” and, “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”.
Then later in chapter 15:13-14, God reassures Abram of the covenant and adds this:
Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions”. (NIV)
We usually read the passage about Moses and the burning bush as being Moses’ calling. Where he received his purpose, call and direction from God. Sure, this happened, but is this why it happened? I think not.
Isaiah had a vision of God in His throne room and overheard (I stole that from Oswald Chambers, in “My Utmost For His Highest”.) the call for someone to go on His behalf (Is. 6-1-8). Esther was made queen, but for what purpose (Est. 4:14-16)?
Now look at Exodus 2:23-25.
23 After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them. (NRSV)
God saw the plight of the Israelites and remembered his covenant with them (through Abram), and for all the nations that would be blessed as a result.
Four hundred years later, enter Moses …Exodus 3.
We too often read and interpret the Bible in an egocentric manner: all about me. Sure, God wants to communicate, lead, and empower us, but He also wants to bless others (even accomplish His greater plans) through us! Moses was called, but it was so that we could be here, part of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ, today.
What’s your burning bush? What could that call mean for the Kingdom of God and all of mankind? This shows overwhelming faith …in us! God believes so much in us, as we respond to him, that he is willing to use us to create HIStory (HIS-story, get it?). Be looking for the little things that keep drawing your attention, and never take for granted the power that God wants to unleash through you. Sure He’s speaking to us. But really, it aint about us at all… it’s SO MUCH BIGGER!
Jeremy West has been on staff with Youth With A Mission since 1995. He teaches and runs training programs globally in the fields of discipleship and leadership development.