Exodus 34:29 “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.”
Do people see Jesus in you?
Moses came down from his second retreat of 40 days and 40 nights with God. After that time, his face shone so much that the people asked him to cover it. Moses enjoyed a very special relationship with God. He was chosen to lead God’s people. He was gifted for the task. He was humble and submitted and obedient.
Joshua also saw firsthand the relationship that his leader enjoyed and I believe, he desired for himself.
Exodus 33:11 “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
It was in the heart of Joshua to seek God for himself. He was not satisfied that his man of God, Moses had a relationship with God, he desired to be close to his God as well. I believe everything in the Word of God is there for our learning. And so, that little phrase, “but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.” reveals a great deal to us – if we meditate on this thought.
Those of us who are more ‘chronologically gifted’, should be the ones showing the younger just how to walk with God. We do not need to be their ‘buddy’ or friend; they do not even need to like us – but to garner respect and earn their following, takes a sincere walk with God and a heart that desires only to see Christ formed in them.
Paul, the apostle, held to this principle with everyone that he taught, everyone that he came in contact with.
Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”
The path of discipleship that Paul espoused was as travailing in birth with that one till they showed the transformation of character, speech, and action. There is a generation we call ‘millennials’ who are looking to us for guidance. No, they’re not knocking down the door to receive our words of wisdom; they want to see that what we speak; what we preach is what we live. They want to know that it’s real.
That, my friend, cannot be a speech, a message or a letter containing words. It must be something written in the fabric of our lives that they see day in and day out. Much of our humanity and the mistakes we make can be forgiven when they know we are sincere. Do we speak love and praise more than criticism and correction? Are we there to walk with them; to point out the pitfalls or do we shout from our mountaintop ‘Come up to where I am’?
Often, we feel as if we pulled ourselves up by our own bootstraps and leave the next generation to do the same. When, in fact, if we were to look more closely; there was someone with a kind word, encouragement, love, a listening ear and time for us. They were there to dust us off when we fell. They were there to applaud our successes; encourage us in failure and a shoulder when the tears came.
Now, it is the turn for those of us to give in return.
We don’t need models on display, we need mentors in the trenches.
We have taken young men and women into our home when they sought help. They just needed a secure place where they could sort things out, talk through their problems and all the while see a godly example of Christ lived out in daily life.
Today’s generation has far more thrown at them than I ever had in my childhood. If each of us could just affect one life, don’t you think we could change this country? Our world for Christ?