It doesn’t seem possible that a week has passed since we headed home from Spring Harvest Skegness. It is a bit strange coming back home to a church gathering of 200 compared with 3,500 plus in the Big Top at Spring Harvest. So what did we do on Sunday morning at our church? Were we game changers as challenged to be while at Spring Harvest? And have we been game changers in our back home lives over the last week? That is a question that continues to trouble me. It is a question I need to ask daily of myself and of my church. Why are we here if not to be game changers?So what does a game changing individual or church look like? I believe that the first thing we need to be is people of prayer, because if we’re not praying then we’re not going to be changing anything, while the only change in us will be a detrimental one. But what should prayer look like in our personal lives and in our churches? Does God really appreciate us coming to Him with our shopping lists of what we think we need and how God could bless our church, our families, our colleagues, and our neighbours? That might be how we were taught to pray as infants, but isn’t it time we grew up?
Moses was referred to quite a bit at Spring Harvest. Having encountered God through the burning bush Moses clearly knew that something had to change in his life, and especially his prayer life. You see if we are going to become game changers then the first thing that needs to change is us. God allowed Moses to get by in the desert for forty years, but having called Moses God made it very clear that He needed a different Moses. Not just a Moses who was capable of negotiating with a king and managing several hundred thousand unruly Israelites, but a Moses who came regularly into God’s presence to the extent that he glowed radiantly afterwards.
I doubt that Moses restricted his prayer times to rigidly fixed morning or evening time windows, or the Sabbath. I am certain that life for Moses was one long conversation with God. But it wasn’t always like that. We are not told how Moses spent his forty years in the desert, other than mention of his family and his occupation. We are told in vivid detail how Moses spent the rest of his life. It wasn’t easy (is it ever?) but what a game changing life! If we are to be game changers like Moses then perhaps we need to pause and remember our own burning bush moments and then assess how our journey has progressed since then. It is not a case of coming back home because wherever God has placed us is home. It’s where He has called us to live as game changers for Him. Do you want to make a difference? Then first allow God to make a difference in you by living your life in conversation with Him.
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.
One day Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’ But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, ‘I know you by name, and I look favourably on you. ’ If it is true that you look favourably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favour. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest – everything will be fine for you.”
Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favourably on me – on me and on your people – if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.”
The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favourably on you, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:11-17)