Limitless (week 2)
Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews. After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand. The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight. The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian (Exodus 2:11-15a NLT).
“The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:9-10 NLT).
CONTEXT OF SCRIPTURE
Moses made a mistake that instantly defined him. He tried to run from his mistake, but running from his mistake didn’t fix anything. God shows up and invites Moses—despite his mistake—to be used by Him. God was not limited by Moses’ mistake, and the same is true for us today.
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the names LeBron James and Adele?
In your family, your school, even in church, there are people known for the things they’ve done.
There’s nothing worse than being defined by something you’re not proud of.
Moses thought he would forever be known as a murderer.
Moses did what we all want to do when we feel embarrassed, judged, and hopeless. He left town.
But God literally shows up and—get this—starts a conversation with Moses the murderer.
Definitely not what Moses would have expected. God is asking Moses to do something for Him.
God doesn’t see your sin or your mistakes as your definition.
Don’t bury what God can build on.
Ask God to help you see yourself the way that He sees you—with potential. Then, bring your bad decision to light.