In Chapter 18 of the book of Exodus, we continue our series Living in the NEW LIFE with a message entitled, “Influence in the New Life” where we discover the DNA of one of the world’s greatest leaders—Moses.
Moses had just experienced the most incredible string of victories ever known. We’re talking big stuff. The ten plagues. The crossing of the Red Sea. Miraculous provision of food and water, as well as a victory of war. Moses is at a place of incredible influence and success. Not to mention that he has a direct line with God who continues to show up and pour out favor upon him. Things are going incredibly well for Moses. He’s taking huge steps forward personally and moving the people of God toward the Promise land. It’s here in this moment we see the basic DNA of a person of influence in the NEW LIFE.
Love for God and Love for Family
That’s the first strand of Moses’s DNA we see in this passage.
“Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, together with Moses’ sons and wife, came to him in the wilderness, where he was camped near the mountain of God. Jethro had sent word to him, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons.” So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him.” (Exodus 18:5-7)
One of the most important strands of DNA for a person of influence, one who makes a long-lasting impact, is love for family. In the midst of the busiest season of his life, at the top of his game with consecutive victories and God’s favor all over him, Moses puts family first. He shuts everything down and places his full attention upon his wife and kids, and even in-laws! Wow!
The greatest gift we can give our community and our church is a strong family and one of the basic ingredients for that to happen is TIME. Moses spent time with his family. He was totally present with them. Success and business and the needs of the world were all around him, but everything came to a screeching halt for family.
The narrative continues…
“So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed down and kissed him. They greeted each other and then went into the tent. Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them. (Exodus 18:7-8)
Moses had one thing on His heart and on his lips. God! It was all about God for Moses! The first thing Moses did when he met Jethro and his family was go into the tent and tell his father-in-law everything that the Lord had done to deliver them from Egypt and how He carried them through every hardship and miraculously provided for them. He did not brag about his accomplishments or try to draw attention to himself. No, he gave all the glory, all the honor, all the power, and all the praise to God. Everything Moses accomplished flowed out of his abiding relationship with God. The same is true for you and me. Being a person of influence in the NEW LIFE begins and ends with an authentic, abiding love-relationship with God.
Throughout the wilderness wanderings, Moses lived a life of worship. The first thing he did after winning the first battle against the Amalekites was to build an altar. “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.” (Exodus 17:15) Moses did nothing apart from God. Even when the people approached the Promise Land and God gave them a green light to enter Moses humbly said to God, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” (Exodus 33:15)
Moses knew that to live a life apart from God’s presence would have no eternal impact. His desire was to remain in continual communion with God, not solely to know about Him but to know Him. To live in an abiding love-relationship with God. This was the secret of Moses’ immeasurable impact upon the world. Perhaps one of the pinnacle statements Moses made that revealed His heart’s desire to remain in continual communion with God was, “Now show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18)
The same is true for you and me.
Being a person of influence in the NEW LIFE begins and ends with an authentic, abiding love- relationship with God. Jesus makes this absolutely clear when He proclaimed “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Being connected to God and having our relationship with Him restored is just the beginning. He then calls us deeper into an abiding relationship with Him where we walk hand-and-hand with God. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches who were created to bear much fruit and make a lasting impact upon our world—an impact that will reach far beyond the days of our lives, even on into eternity. You and I were created for greatness.
You and I as the vine’s branches are in a glorious place. A fierce place between God and a world in need. He is reaching the world with His life-giving presence through you and me (the church). The extent of our fruitfulness depends entirely on how much of God we will allow to flow through us. Are you getting the picture? This is no humdrum life of little to no significance. No. Jesus is the True Vine where unlimited quantities of life flow. We are connected to Him, his very branches, and He is using it to bring the fruit of His life-giving presence into the world.
A person of influence in the NEW LIFE loves God with their whole heart, mind, soul, and strength and lives with a deep conviction of love for family. These two priorities trump all others. Get these straight and by God’s grace you will have a far-reaching impact today and on into the future.
This is the first part of a four-point message on, “Influence in the NEW LIFE” You can hear the entire message by clicking the link below.
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