"God Wants More For You"

In Genesis 12:1 Moses records this conversation: "Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you." God chose Abraham for greatness and wanted to lead him to it. This would be a fearful undertaking for any of us. Abraham was to leave his home, his family and all that he knew and launch out on a journey of faith of which he knew not where it would take him. God wanted more for Abraham!

In Exodus 3:1 "...Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian." Moses had been in Midian working as a lowly shepherd for forty years. He had a wife and a family and had, no doubt, virtually forgotten about Egypt. Then, in verse ten God spoke to Moses and said, "Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." Think about what Moses is being asked to do. Like Abraham, he is being asked to get out of his comfort zone...the life he had come to know, and, at eighty years of age, undertake the battle with the Pharaoh of Egypt to free the Israelites. God wanted more for Moses!

God wants more for you, as well! Throughout the Bible, there is a pattern of God calling and pushing his people to bigger and greater things. God does not want us to get too comfortable and complacent in this life. There are several reasons for this.

1) If we get too comfortable we become indifferent about crucial things. Many Christians, today, have fallen into a temporal comfort zone that will not let them leave. As a result they have become indifferent regarding eternal things.

2) Philippians 3:20 tells us that "our citizenship is in heaven..." The Hebrew writer, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is telling us that we are, merely, temporary residents on earth and a time has been appointed such that we will be moving to our permanent home, where we'll spend eternity.

3) Indifference and complacency about eternal things will make us "lukewarm" to the things of God. In Revelation 3, John wrote a letter (dictated by Christ) to the church at Laodicea about this very problem. Jesus said in verse 16, "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." Jesus condemns their complacency and indifference.

Let's all work together to combat indifference and complacency and work to strengthen the church in our community.



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