Studio with Rabbi Tuly
September 01, 2019
To become anything, we need God. To do anything, we need God. When we disqualify ourselves from God’s service because we are not as gifted or talented as someone else, we’re gravely missing the mark. God is looking past the accomplishments, beyond the accolades, and into our hearts. It is your spirit that makes you who you are.
It was the spirit of Moses that God drew from and put upon the 70 elders. It was Moses’ spirit that God trusted to carry out His work—not his talents or gifts, not his brilliance or success. So what was it about Moses’ spirit that qualified him to do great things in the kingdom? Numbers 12:3 tells us precisely what is was that God saw in Moses (and what He’s looking for today to know He can trust people with greatness), “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.”
Humility is what’s missing in the lives of many Christians today. If you want to accomplish great things for the Lord, if you want to impact and influence our world for Christ, it is your humble spirit that will set you apart. We see again in 1 Samuel 15 that humility brought forth greatness, but arrogance is equal to idolatry:
Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel … To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
The more God blesses you personally, or even us as a nation, the greater the risk and temptation is to become self-reliant. But the opposite is true; our success should make us more dependent on Him.
God is looking for people to use today. He’s looking across the nations for those with the right spirit to comfort His people. Moses had a humble spirit, Abraham’s spirit was one of a visionary, and David’s unique spirit made him a warrior and poet all in one. What spirit are you operating in that God can look upon with trust and use for a purpose?
Let this be your prayer today:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right and steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit. –Psalm 51:10-12