One of the great calamities of 20th century Christianity is that the word faith became almost solely associated with an intellectual ascent to certain facts of the Christian faith.
Faith is an active word. Faith trusts in whom God is and what He has done on behalf of all who believe, but faith also does. It cannot remain idle as though faith was merely a passive belief in God. It demands decisive action based upon the revelation of God in Christ. When you read the Gospels, you’ll discover that Jesus said very little about having faith in Him – that is, merely embracing a theological construct that He was and is the Messiah. What Jesus demanded was that people follow Him as an expression of their faith. Just for your future reference, in regard to one’s relationship with Jesus, the word follow is used twice as many times as the word faith.
When a man embraces faith, his whole life is affected. A faith that does not influence a man’s practice is simply not worthy of being called faith.
The passage under consideration this morning teaches us that Moses was a man whose faith led to action. Moses is one of the great men of faith in the Old Testament. We all know that. He is the dominant individual character in the Old Testament narrative from Exodus through Deuteronomy. The text often speaks of him in superlatives:
Deut. 34:10 “And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”
What many believers don't always remember is that Moses was 80 years old when God called him to become the leader and emancipator of his people. The life of Moses reminds us that you’re never too old to serve God.
This morning, I want us to look at the life of Moses. Through it we see that no matter how old one may be, it is never too late to do great things for God.
For the rest of you here this morning, I have one plea to make: Don't be like Moses. Don't wait until your old age before you really begin serving God.