DON'T BE AFRAID OF CHANGE
by paul hoffmaster
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DONíT BE AFRAID OF CHANGE
When God called Moses from a self-imposed exile, the 80 year old man would face two seemingly improbably, if not impossible, tasks. He was to acquire the release of 600,000 men, beside women and children, from the hand of Pharaoh, and then to lead them to the ďPromised Land.Ē After much debate and reasoning Moses finally consented to represent God to Pharaoh. Overcoming the obstacles that Pharaoh presented was a simple task of displaying the power of God. The real problem that Moses faced was trying to motivate, move, and inspire the Israelites to follow Godís leading. Pharaoh would proclaim that he did not even know God and would not release the Israelites from their service. The Israelites, on the other hand, knew God but wanted proof that God was truly going to deliver them.
Today, one of the obstacles that Believers face is overcoming and accepting not only the authority of the messenger, but the message itself. Many look at Pastors as simply people who have a zeal for God, and not as divinely appointed servants of God. Many humanize this ministry gift by searching out the flaws and faults of the messenger. It is true there are self-called Pastors who seem to dominate the attention of some Christians, but there are also servants who are sent by God to speak His Word. Some Pastors preach people pleasing messages that are initiated from borrowed sermons, while others preach God pleasing messages initiated by the Holy Spirit. If a practicing sinner leaves a Sunday Service with no conviction or opportunity to change, something is wrong. If a person walks out of a worship experience the same way he walked in, something is wrong. Anointed preaching is like a two edged sword, dividing asunder the soul and spirit. (Heb. 4:12) True representation of Godís Word exposes the faults and blemishes of the people of God, while at the same time bringing healing and restoration to the hearer. To be a Pastor today is a calling from God, not a calling from the people. When ministry gifts fail to bring the uncompromising Word, God will call them into accountability. The Apostle Paul realized his responsibility in ministry for he stated that it was with fear and trembling that he proclaimed Godís Word. (I Cor.2:3) The Pastor is called to feed the Believers, not to entertain them.
When the Israelites finally consented to follow Moses, they brought with them many characteristics of their old life. Almost from day one they murmured, complained, and found fault with the direction and director of their exodus. They even came to the point of wanting to return to Egypt where at least their physical needs were met. (Ex.16:3) Today, there are Believers that hate change. They have done things a certain way and they donít like the new and unfamiliar direction that lies before them. It comes down to a lack of trust in the One who wants to lead them to an abundant and full life.
The generation of people that Moses led out of Egypt never made it to the land flowing with milk and honey. They were content to live in the negativity of life instead of pursuing a new and living way. The hardest calling in life is to surrender all and follow the leading of God to a life of fulfillment. The journey might be long, but what you find at the end will be worth it all. Donít be afraid of change, it might just change you for the better!
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