In part six of the leadership journey we come to the point of no return. It’s the point where you must take the first step across the threshold.
It’s the start that stops most people.
The hardest mile is the first. The hardest set is the first one. The biggest movements in the world start with getting off the couch and into action.
All the prep is over and it’s time to move out on the adventure.
The majority of people never cross this threshold.
The uncertainty of what lies ahead preys on their insecurity, fear and obligation.
We have watched Moses struggle with two of those, insecurity and fear.
Now he has to come face-to-face with his obligation.
Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Your decisions not your dreams determine your destination.
Moses made the decision to go, and that decision has led him back to Jethro, his father-in-law and employer.
Jethro deserved Moses’ respect.
So does the one who has been leading and pouring into you; approach them with tact and respect. It’s so easy to take for granted the investment people have made in you because often you don’t see their sacrifice.
Moses said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.”
Notice anything about that passage?
That’s not what he was asked to do.
So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Can you imagine telling your father-in-law, “hey, I’m taking the wife and kids to take on the most powerful man and nation in the world”?
How is that conversation going to go? You’d imagine pretty terrible.
Jethro said, “Go, and I wish you well.”
I want you to understand, that will not be your typical response.
Usually others will try to talk us out of going and it is usually based on their own fears and insecurities.
What happens when you don’t get their blessing? What’s been a time in your life where you tried to follow God’s call and people you trusted would not give you their blessing? How did you respond?
Every decision you make is either for something and against something else.
You have to determine who are you obligated to.
Remember these words from the Gospels:
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Crossing that threshold means there is no turning back, the old is gone.
It wasn’t until Moses had made that decision that God shares this info:
Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”
Faith then comfort, if it’s comfort first there is no need for faith.
“So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.”
It is no longer Moses’ staff but the “staff of God”.
Something to ponder – if God can work through instruments that can do nothing on their own, don’t you think He can work through you?
Moses has been reluctant because what he lacked.
By focusing on his weakness, he overlooked the tool he had in his hand, so God reminds him.
“But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”
What’s “in your hands” that you are overlooking?
It might appear as a dry, dead stick but in the eyes of God it was so much more than that.
It is so easy to look for a “physical thing”, a tool.
But stop and think about this: that “staff” was all that he owned and it represented who he was.
That staff reminded him that he used to be a prince and held a scepter, but now defines him as just a servant watching someone else’s sheep.
That staff would be a reminder of the stages we have just walked you through, from a worldly prince to being poor and owning nothing.
Maybe that “staff” is us, just a dry, dead stick that God wants to use to perform miracles with!
For this journey to continue and not get off track you need to see yourself as tool in God’s hands