From Murder to Meekness -Exodus 2:14
A reputation can be changed. Moses grew up in Egypt, specifically in the house of Pharaoh. One day when he was grown, he witnessed an Egyptian smiting a Jew. He killed the Egyptian in order to protect his kinsman. News travelled fast and Moses developed a reputation as a short-tempered killer. He learned of this when he attempted to break up a dispute between two Hebrews. Moses ran for his life and spent the next forty years in hiding. Eventually, the Lord spoke to Moses and called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into a land of promise. Moses failed to lead the people into Canaan, but he succeeded in changing his reputation (Numbers 12:3).
- (For smaller children) On Paul's first missionary journey, John Mark left the work (Acts 13:13). To Paul, he had the reputation of being a "quitter" (Acts 15:36-40). Mark proved himself and later had a good reputation (Colossians 4:7-11; Philemon 1:24; 2 Timothy 4:11).
- Moses was forty years old when he left Egypt as a killer and eighty years old when he returned as a saviour. In the least, how long did it take Moses to change his reputation? What does this teach you about the importance of time and patience?
- What is your reputation? Is there anything you would like to change? What are you willing to do to redeem your reputation?
- Thank the Lord for the opportunity to change your reputation.
- Ask God for the diligence to change what needs to be changed.
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