Sunday Preview

August 29, 2013

My message this Sunday is called, “A Vital Revelation for a Leader” from Exodus 33:18-34:1. In this passage there is a dynamic revelation which is essential for good leadership. Moses asked the Lord to show him His glory. It is a good thing when we want to know the Lord in a deeper way. He wants us to seek Him and to know His glory. There are some great lessons for all of us to learn as we look closely at Moses’ encounter with God.

We each have a realm in which we are leaders. You lead your family, and your children. You lead people at work, as well as in the Church. You lead by your words, your example, and possibly because of your gifts, or position of authority. Not everyone follows your example, and not everyone respects your authority. Many of the Israelites rebelled against Moses and most of them rejected Jesus. They are two of the great leaders of all time because they obeyed the Father regardless of the cost or the crowd.

I want you to be equipped to be the most effective leader you can be. Moses was not perfect, and neither are we. But through his life and in this revelation, we can learn some things from the God who chose him and chose us. If we know His goodness and grace, we will be able to lead people to Jesus.

While spending the last two weeks in Africa, there became a running a joke amongst the team that, as long as you had worked on a project with a 40% completion rating, then you had done a pretty good job. This idea came from a doctor we got to know in Namibia who let us know that the medical school requires a passing grade of 40%!

Can you believe it? How would you like the physician operating on you to have missed 60% of the answers on your procedure? Scary, right? The truth is, when it comes to something as important as our livelihood we want to know that our lives are in the hands of somebody who is more than capable to complete the procedure with excellence.

In the book of Matthew, Christ calls himself the physician who has come to heal the sick. He is the good physician sent to free the captives, restore sight to the blind, and heal the sick; yet so often as a follower of Christ it can feel as if He is only getting it right 40% of the time. Your prayers for healing, finances, hope, children, work, and friends so often seem to slip through the cracks — missed or ignored by the Good Physician. Then a natural sense of hurt or frustration begins to set in and we begin to move toward our own answers to solve the problem. We see the impending crash coming in the midst of the storm and begin to find out how we can escape; because our Comforter has missed this storm. Perhaps this one was outside His watch because there is no way God’s plan for me is to crash.

Or is it? What do we do when God’s plan is for the crash? I tell you this truth, God foresees everything, his medical school grade was 100%, and nothing gets by Him without His complete knowledge and understanding. The only question left is…how do I respond to the crash?

I look forward to seeing all of you this weekend as we explore these concepts and discover together God’s goodness in the midst of the crash.