Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sharing the Blessings of God

When the world looks at the disciples of Christ, they should see something recognizably different, and that difference should draw them to our Lord. 

Peace. Grace. Love. The Power of God.

But do they?

When the cloud was lifted from the tabernacle for the first time, and the children of Israel prepared to move to the wilderness of Paran, Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses' father-in-law, packed his things to go back home. (Leanna Paraphrase coming up.)

"No, don't go home. Travel with us. If you join us, you can have all the blessings God has promised us," Moses urged him.

"No. I'm going home."

"Please. Don't leave. We need you. I promise you'll have the same blessings God gives us."

"In that case," Hobab decided, "I'll go, too."

When Moses offered him a share in the blessings of God, Hobab knew that Moses wasn't just offering empty words, because he had seen the power of God at work in the people.

He'd seen the manna arrive in the morning. It had sustained him in his daily work. He'd seen the power of God manifested by the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire. He'd seen the tabernacle built from the provision of God. 

Hobab wasn't drawn by modern music or slick lighting or fancy slides on a screen. Hobab was drawn by the undeniable evidence of God in their midst.

We, too, serve a God of might and power. We should have the undeniable evidence of God in our midst. When people visit our worship services, it should be the presence of God that impresses them, not the ability of the musicians or the words of the preacher. It is God alone to which our visitors should be drawn. They will be, if He is evident in our lives.

Moses' invitation to Hobab was simple. "You can have what I have." It was effective because Hobab saw something in Moses worth having.

Do people see something worth having in us? Do they see the evidence of God at work in our lives? 

We can make a difference in the world around us, but only if we are willing to live consecrated lives, dedicated to truth, purity, and obedience. 

Today, let's resolve to be the one who serves as a road sign, pointing the way to Jesus. In our actions. In our attitudes. In our words. 

Jesus in us, the hope of glory. 

Let's be sure we have enough Jesus in us to make people hungry for Him.