Point Loma Campus Pastor, Marcus Preciado, shares about dreaming big and showing up.
He opens up with a story from 10 years ago when he heard something on the radio about a competition. The winner would receive 2 round-trip tickets to the Chargers’ game in the playoffs. It included hotel, limosine, and great seats at the game. The competition was about who could write the best Chargers’ song.
He ended up writing the winning song and was able to go on this trip with his son. From there, he built a relationship with the radio station and whenever he would do a sports outreach they would allow him 10 minutes of free ad space to preach the gospel on the air.
God wants to change your world. You have influence and opportunity around you.
Pastor Marcus mentions that he’s going to be talking about dreaming big and showing up and about changing the world. God wants to change your world. You have influence and opportunity around you.
There are 3 things that God can use in/through you to change the world.
He discusses the life of Moses to demonstrate how these three things can change the world.
Pastor Marcus shares the background of the Israelites, how Israel was the grandson of Abraham and from the 12 tribes, the nation of Israel was made. He discusses how Moses grew up in the household of the Pharoah in Egypt, but after so many years of seeing his people mistreated, his anger built up. Upon seeing one of his fellow Israelites being treated poorly by an Egyptian, Moses killed the Egyptian and had to flee for his life.
Exodus 2:11-21 states, “11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midianhad seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.
The father wanted to know who this guy was. He gave his daughter as Moses’ wife because of what they spoke of Moses.
It was his reputation.
If there is a flaw in your reputation, in your character, that can change. Maybe you’ve had a bad reputation. But Pastor Marcus shares that Moses had changed his reputation, and because of that God has used him.
God cares how you live your life. Living your life for God does not benefit God. It benefits you.
He wants you to live your life right because He wants to benefit you. You have a reputation that He can use. And if it’s flawed, it’s okay. He can press the reset button.
Proverbs 22 tells us what a good name is worth. It’s worth more that rubies and diamonds and gold.
In chapter 3, Moses faces the burning bush that was speaking to him. And Moses responded:
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4
Sometimes that’s all God wants to hear from us.
What God did what that “here I am” was amazing.
9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:9-10
God was saying, “My response to these cries, Moses, is that I’m not sending angels, I’m not doing a miracle from heaven; my response to these cries is that I’m sending you.”
There are people all around you that are crying out to the Lord. And perhaps God wants to send you. Perhaps he wants to use you.
Then Moses gave God excuses. He couldn’t speak very well. How often do we just give God our excuses?
Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied. Exodus 4:1-2
What is in your hand?
God said, “What do you have?”
God has given us all resources in our life. Things that might just look like a piece of wood. But He says, “What’s in your hand?”
Sometimes we are holding certain things in our hand so tight, but when we take what God has given us and throw it on the ground…in other words, when we give it to God, He can do something supernatural with it.
It was that staff that God used to do miracles with.
Moses was too scared to do it alone and God reminded him about his brother Aaron. That he would go with him to help him out and to speak for him.
We are not alone. We are not on this walk alone. God has given you family and church members. He has surrounded you with people. Acknowledge that. He doesn’t want you to do this alone.
God uses Moses and Aaron to go talk to Pharaoh. And God changed the world through Moses. He led millions of people through the Red Sea on dry land.
What does God want to do through you? How are you going to dream big?
Marcus encourages us by ending with our most important relationship. That is our relationship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Some of us need to have the guts to say, “Here I am.” You’ve been given visions and dreams but you keep coming up with excuses. But what is in your hand?