SOAP Journal – 29 November 2016 (Exodus 19:17)

And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.

Exodus 19:17

Three months after leaving Egypt, the Israelites have reached the wilderness of Sinai. It is here that the LORD gives Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and it is here that the Israelites audibly hear the voice of God speaking with Moses. This is where God tells them to consecrate themselves; set themselves apart for Him and they do so. It is also here that Moses fulfills the purpose of every  Godly spiritual leader: he brings them to meet God.

That, ultimately, is the purpose of every man or woman of God who leads others. Leaders are to bring others to meet God. The New Testament lists several types of leadership position within the body of Christ — apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers (Ephesians 4:11) — each and every one of which is meant to orient people toward Christ.

If I am called to be any of the things listed in Ephesians 4:11, then God is, in essence, calling me to bring people to meet Him in some particular way.

But bringing people to meet God is not limited to leadership within the body of Christ. Philip, when himself only recently introduced to Jesus, went and brought his brother, Nathanael, to meet Christ (John 1:43-51). Bringing people to meet God is the province of every believer.

Today, let me look for ways to lead others to meet God. Perhaps God may give opportunity to lead someone to Christ for the first time. Perhaps the chance will be to bring someone who already knows God closer to Him. Whatever the case, let me look for those opportunities in my day.

Father, thank You for giving Your children the ministry of bringing others to meet You — for the first time and for better understanding of Yourself. Please give me eyes to see the opportunities to bring others to meet You and the ability to do so.

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