When the Lord first started the transition of what we do for the Kingdom from the pulpit to the plow, we thought JAMA was finished. The poor economy had shut down many of the racing series we ministered in, leaving little work in those circles. He had me step down as the chaplain for the last series we where involved in and turn it over to folks that were closer than the 1100 miles away I was.
I can honestly say I was depressed as I looked for what was next in my walk. During that time, He lead us to help a friend who was pioneering a church about 30 miles south of us. We spent a year there as the Lord transitioned us to a deeper understanding of His call to move to marketplace ministry.
During that year, we would start Dragstory.com which would lead us back into the pulpit and heavy blending of work and ministry. It was a transformational time for us as we realized our opportunity to minister was much deeper in the secular world than that of Christendom.
The Lord calls all of His children into ministry. Some will minister in the church and others will find His call in the work place. If you are a Christ follower, ask Him what He would have you do for the Kingdom, the answer just might surprise you.
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand (Exod. 4:20).
When Moses was called by God from his forty years in the desert to lead the people out of Egypt, God first changed his paradigm about his shepherd’s staff which represented his work life as a shepherd. God told him He was going to perform miracles through his staff (v17).
A shepherd was considered a very lowly profession by the Egyptians. Moses had a time of breaking in the desert which separated him from all that he learned in Egypt. Many times, the way God calls us into His purpose in our work life is through a hardship of some kind.
God will often “break” our staff, or our vocation, in order to reshape and re-commission us. The purpose of the breaking is not to destroy us, but to bring us to a place of willingness to lay down our vocations so that God can use them for His purposes. The breaking prepares our heart for the new calling. God required Moses to lay down his staff in order for him to see it as something that had power. He had not viewed his work life as a shepherd as having any power.
God was instructing Moses to lay down that which represented his life and calling, so that He could transform it and raise it up for His purposes. Once Moses laid his staff down and then took it back up, a significant change took place. It was no longer his shepherd’s staff; it was the “staff of God.”
God’s staff has power. After Moses’ staff became God’s, it was used as the instrument of deliverance and transformation for the people of God. It delivered people out of the slavery of Egypt through one of the most dramatic miracles of all time — the parting of the Red Sea (see Ex. 14:16). Moses’ staff transformed a people from slavery to freedom and was used to demonstrate his God-given authority.
How about you? Are you willing for God to use your “staff” to bring a people out of bondage?