What defines you? What are you known for in your community, your peer group, your church, your work place?
People I’ve known in the past (no names, I promise!) have found their identity in various things:
- I’m the bloke who’s known for their knowledge in guitars
- I’m the bloke who has vastly superior knowledge of music history
- I’m the girl who will ‘out-make-up’ any other girl out there
- I’m the girl who always gets the boys
- I’m the bloke who’s making geek the new cool
- I’m the bloke with the latest gadgets
- I’m the girl who has more image than content
- I’m the girl who needs attention
- I’m the…
You get the idea.
There’s an amazing moment when Moses spots the burning bush, and walks over to see what is happening. He enters into a conversation with God, in which God calls Moses to rescue the people of Israel from the Egyptians.
Moses asks a really important question in Exodus 3 v 11:
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Who am I?
God gives a stunning answer to Moses:
And God said, “I will be with you….”
So the very definition of who Moses is, is that God is with him. It doesn’t quite make sense in logical English but Moses’ very existence (who he is) is defined by the fact that God is with him.
Can you imagine history being re-written, and we sit in sunday school classes to learn about Moses and the key thing we learn about him is that he wore nice sandals. Or wasn’t confident speaking in front of people. Or had a really nice wooden staff.
It’s a relief that they key thing we learn about Moses is that he walked with God. God was with him.
So how about you – how would you like to be remembered in a few thousand years? You had a really nice record collection, told good jokes, had a great job…or your defining characteristic, what you were remembered for, is that God was with you.
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