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Getting There

by on Dec.27, 2010, under Hope

How many times did he sit after a grueling day and wonder how he got into this mess?

His instructions were clear—lead this group to a specific place. While he delegated tasks to different teams, the responsibility was always his. He set security, dealt with health issues, even made sure there was enough to eat and drink.

And always he took the instructions he was given and led the way.

Many times his teams thought they knew better, presented different plans of action, wanted to change directions, even wanted to reinterpret the instructions he’d been given. And how many times did they ask “are we there yet?”

Things got so bad that more than once the power that be wanted to terminate the whole organization and create a new group. Even his own brother, chosen for a unique function, had failed miserably. And so he would beg and plead that one be eliminated.

And every day, he was responsible, he was the one who had to get them there.

It takes the whole books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy to tell of his getting there. Moses leading his rag tag motley group of humanity as they purpose to enter the promised land.

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Arise, begin your journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. And now, Israel, what does the lord your God require of you, but to fear the lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the lord and His statutes which I command you today for your good?’”
Deut. 10:11-13

Those ancient words are the same that we ask our people to embrace as we move to our own promised land—Heaven. All who claim Jesus as our Savior must accept the responsibility of helping get our people to Heaven. It cannot be abdicated. The instructions we’ve been given, the God breathed scripture we believe, cannot be reinterpreted to match the demands of our culture.

We, too, must impress the words of God upon the hearts of our rag-tag, motley, sinful portion of humanity.

So the questions remain: Have you abdicated your responsibility to help get people to Heaven? Have the demands of our culture redirected your attention and interests? Should you care?

What do you think?

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