It’s not about you!

Lessons I’m learning:

1.We must deliberately live God’s glory to those we lead. 

2. When we live God’s glory, a compassionate concern causes us to forget ourselves.

Moses lived this even in one of the most bittersweet circumstances of his life. In Numbers 27:12-17, we are privileged to overhear a conversation between God Himself and Moses. This conversation, however, was one which reminded Moses of a responsibility that he disregarded. 

The excitement was building in the camp as the nation prepared to cross over into the land God had promised for them. They’d been waiting for this for forty years! As Moses looked over the camp, he probably sighed with mournful excitement. Excitement for the people as they anticipated the promised land but mournful because he would not be joining them.

In this passage, God told Moses to climb Mount Abarim so that he could see this land before dying, but then reminded him of why he could go no further: “for in the wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to treat Me as holy before their eyes at the water.”  Remember when Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it? He chose to disregard the big picture-he robbed the Israelites of a chance to see God’s holiness because he was angry with them. That’s what sinful anger does-it robs others of the chance to see God’s glory.

But, look at how Moses responds: “May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh appoint a man over the congregation, who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the Lord will not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”

He didn’t whine and ask God to reconsider this restriction. His first concern was not the consequences of his sinful anger or even his impending death. It was that the people be led well. When we have Christlike compassion for those we lead, we don’t put ourselves down. We forget ourselves!


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