Sermon: The burning bush

Introduction

The God of Small Things (1997) the debut novel by Ardabil Roy the Indian author, is a prime example of how small things in life affect people’s behavior and their lives. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997.

Likewise the account of God’s appearance to Moses through a burning bush in the wilderness, proves that small and insignificant things we experience actually affect our Christian life and faith in ways unimaginable. This incident transformed the life of Moses and the history of God’s people forever. In today’s sermon, lets see what we can learn about small things from this passage?

1. Pay attention to small things

A. Burning bushes were a common sight in the wilderness and Moses must have seen hundreds of them before

B. He could have not seen that the bush wasn’t burning though it was in flames, unless he had paid close attention

C. My senior pastor once said, “In everything that happens in life, I ask “God what’s your purpose behind this incident?”

2. Small things are objects of test

A.  God wanted to see how sensitive Moses was toward the insignificant things of life before he invested him with larger tasks

B. God’s work is sophisticated. Such tasks require discernment, wisdom and patience

C. Therefore No one can fulfill greater tasks of God if they are not sensitive to smaller things.

3. God use small things

A. It was just an insignificant common bush. The Bible doesn’t even identify its name

B. Why did God choose a bush instead of a tree? (In Sri Lankan folklore it’s believed that gigantic trees are dwelling places of deities)

C. He doesn’t choose the swollen headed or people puffed up with knowledge. He calls only the humble and the meek

D. God turned this unimportant bush into a historical object

Application and conclusion

I am sure there’s no preacher or a Bible teacher that has not spoken about Moses. But I am sure there are many out there who have never spoken about the burning bush. In this sermon I brought 3 main truths about the burning bush right into your attention. In conclusion I want to show you how do these truths apply to our walk with God.

1. Paying attention to small things

A. Illustration: Dr. David Yonggi Cho and the small girl

B. Don’t ignore small things in times of trouble and need

B. Moses found the miracle in a bush not in a big tree

C. God use small things to accomplish great purposes including miraculous deliverance. Always ask “God, what’s your purpose behind this?”

2. Small things are objects of test

A. The parable of the talents: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:14-30)

B. Sunday school teachers! How much attention do you pay to those small children God has entrusted to you?

C. This is true both in Bible and the secular world. Only those who are faithful in small things are promoted to great positions.

3. God use small things

A. Size doesn’t matter but obedience matters.

B. The world would never know of a Cho and billions of souls would be lost if it wasn’t for a small girl who obeyed God and shared the gospel with Dr. Cho. No body even knows her name. Dr. Cho never saw her again in his life.

C. You could be most insignificant, uneducated person in this church. Yet, God will use you in your area of gift as long as you obey his calling.

Image courtesy: Jonathan Haeber

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