And Moses went up to God,
…and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel. Exodus 19:3-7
More than any other thing, you, like Moses are being called up to God. You aren’t just called to go to the place of heaven. You are called to the God of Heaven. Your salvation is not just to save you from hell. It’s to save you TO God!
When you came into the Kingdom, you began a journey. But it is not just a journey through life…it’s a journey to the God of all life. Into every life there comes a day when after achieving many of our goals and the things we think are important, we are left with a longing for….something. You followed all the rules. You did what you thought you were supposed to do, but a kind of dissatisfaction begins to work in your heart. It’s a hunger for more. If you’re a Christian, this is the point when you may begin to blame the devil, or your job, or your family. It’s easy to fix blame on the things around us because we are used to being nurtured by the stuff of our life, and because we are used to being able to control much of our lives.
But as we grow and develop in the things of God, it’s God Himself Who will lead you into a place of dryness, a place of divine dissatisfaction. He deliberately brings you to places where only the eternal can satisfy you. You are growing as a person. And His desire for you, His intention for you, is that you begin to hunger for God.
God is not dangling carrots. Our Beloved Jesus promised that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness would be FILLED. Hunger is God’s gift to you. He is gracing you with desire for more. It’s a desire for something that cannot be filled on the earthly plain. It’s a desire that can only be filled with the heavenly.
When you’re hungry and dissatisfied, you begin to venture past what is common and ordinary to you. You begin to look deeper. You’ve gotten used to the place within that once seemed so big and roomy, but now confines you. So you look past where you’ve been, and begin to look again into God.
If you have been a Christian for awhile, it is easy to feel good because of what we DO in our duties toward God. But you are not called to the work of God, you are called up to God.
When Jesus called His disciples, it tells me in I think it’s Luke chapter 3 when He called His disciples, it says he called them to Himself and to preach the Gospel. Amen? And my calling as a believer, and His longing for me as His child is that I come up to God. And that’s what I want today. Amen.
I was born again so I can know Him. I was redeemed so I can touch Him. Amen? He endured the agony of the Cross so I could be in fellowship with Him. And Moses heard this call, and he came up to God. Say it this morning. I’m coming up Lord. And Moses went up to God and the Lord called him from the mountain saying Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob and to the children of Israel, I bore you out on eagle’s wings and I brought you to Myself, but now if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine, and you shall be to Me a kingdom (say kingdom) of priests and a holy nation. Does this remind you of a verse in 1 Peter? Amen. You’ve been called out as a treasure to God, a holy priesthood. And the Lord began to instruct them and in verse 10 it says and the Lord said to Moses, go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow and let them wash their clothes, and let them be ready for the third day. Everybody say third day. This whole chapter he mentions third day like four or five times.