You Are What You Worship

Their idols are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
    eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
    noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
    feet, but do not walk;
    and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Those who make them become like them;
    so do all who trust in them.

Psalm 115:4–8 ESV

John Calvin famously said that “man’s nature is a perpetual factory of idols.”

He was absolutely right. And today’s devotional verses show us what happens through idolatry.

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Living in Constant Readiness

Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”

Joshua 3:5 ESV

The Israelites are getting ready to cross the Jordan to take on Jericho.

The momentum is building, and the Israelites are under the impression that God is about to perform something great.

But what did Joshua mean by “sanctify?”

The definition is to “set apart” or “declare holy.” To live a sanctified life first begins with possessing a legitimate relationship with the Lord.

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By just following rules, we are only practicing religion. Whenever Moses went to speak to the Lord, his face would glow. This glow was apparent to all who were around him. While our faces may not physically glow, our lives should.

It struck me that

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Unlikely Leaders

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

Exodus 4:10-12 ESV

Moses is one of history’s most noted leaders.

He led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Then he served as a priestly leader.

He shared God’s will, prayed for them, and even plead their case before God (Exodus 32:11).

We need more leaders like him in the Church. But, is it possible they are already here, but have never gotten a chance to step up?

We Need More Leaders Like Moses In The Church

Moses was not a gifted speaker. He was reluctant to trust God when he told him he would lead the Israelites (Exodus 4).

If Moses were alive today, who would he look like in the church? Would he be the person sitting next to you who doesn’t appear to have a “leadership bone” in his body?

In fact, could it be you?

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