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Living out God’s Purpose

Look! He cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I am who I am. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:9-14

When God was about to free the Israelites out of Egypt He called Moses to lead and told him who He is. “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (v. 6). He made know Himself to Moses by stating His identity in connection with his forefathers. In this way, it will help Moses understand who God is. God knew that Moses would be able to take the first step of faith by providing him a clear identity of who He is. Just like us, we would not be able to completely surrender our lives to God unless we first come to know God through Jesus Christ. Once Moses realized who God is, he now started to ask God why God would choose to reveal Himself to him and to tell him the purpose of his life. Moses looked within and realized that there was nothing noteworthy to be called to lead the Israelites and to appear before Pharaoh. In v. 11, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God responded by assuring Him that he would be able to do what God was asking him to do not because of his abilities but it will be through God’s power working through him. In this way, it will be God’s glory that will be manifested and not man’s deeds. God told Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations” (Exodus 3:15). What a purpose of life! This is the reason why you and I are here in this world today; it is to glorify God (see Matthew 5:16, Romans 15:5-6, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, and 1 Peter 2:12). The goal of life is to bring glory and honor to God. This could happen by the way you live and the way you love. Once you accept the purpose of your life and you live your life by this purpose, the more you grow in your commitment to God. Continue to grow knowing God through Jesus Christ and surrender your life to Him. In this way alone you will understand what life is all about.


Noel De Guzman

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