7 Oct 2014 by Kim Yung-
Reverend Wayne Chang, Youth Pastor of Hsin Tien Covenant Church, Taiwan recently graced City Harvest Kuala Lumpur on the 20th of September 2014, where his passionate preaching impressed the hearts and minds of the young adults.
For far too long, people have been under-appreciated or have gone unnoticed, simply because they are behind the scenes. It is time for us to notice the little things that are being done behind the scenes that make a difference because little things make big things! Wayne began his sermon that day by citing the Bible according to Exodus 17:8-11 below.
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua,“Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. (Exodus 17:18-11)
According to the verses above, Moses went up to the hill with two other men, Aaron the high priest and Hur.
“Now Hur has not popped up anywhere except here and probably two other places, so most people have never heard of Hur or studied about Hur. Hur is actually a big hero!” shared Wayne.
There are many “Hurs” in the world we live in who are not in the spotlight. There are even “Hurs” who perform the functions in the body of Christ and they are so vital because without them, there will be no Church.
“I want to talk to you about the main characteristics of Hur and some of the major things that he did that make him so special,” said Wayne.
1. People like Hur are absolutely invaluable
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (Exodus 17:12)
“The importance of the thing here is the importance of prayer. In every single battle that we fight, it’s a spiritual one and in a spiritual battle, people have to start praying and doing. You can’t always be the doer, because you have to have somebody behind you praying so that the spiritual principalities can be bounded up,” shared Wayne.
Without Aaron and Hurs’ invaluable service, big things could not have been accomplished.
2. People like Hur are always involved
He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.” (Exodus 24:12)
On that particular day, there was one thing Hur could do and he did it willingly, actively, and faithfully. He could hold up the hands of Moses and he did the best job he could! Thank God for those people who know they can’t do everything but are determined to do something! Thank God for those who know that God saved them to be more than they ever thought they can be. There is always a place in the Lord’s work for people who want to be involved.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
3. People like Hur are often invisible
There are many people like Hur who are invisible to the crowds. Often, the job held by Hur is a task without thanks and with others obtaining recognition. And in a church, not everybody can preach, sing or play an instrument but surely, everybody can do something!
“There are some bodies of Christ that you don’t want to see because if you see it and you feel it, it means you’re dead! Aren’t you thankful you don’t feel your heart? When you feel it, that means you’re having a heart attack,” shared Wayne.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4)
4. People like Hur are always investors
Some people were watching Hur living his life, performing his God-given ministry. According to Scripture, down the road of life, God needed someone to build the Tabernacle, a place where the Lord could meet His people. And when the Lord looked down, He set His eyes on one man by the name of Bezaleel (the grandson of Hur).
Bezaleel was watching as his grandfather served the Lord at the back seat while others received the credit. He watched how the Lord used Hur time and time again, for His glory. Bezaleel probably remembered the evening when Hur returned from the hilltop, tired and drained from holding up the arms of Moses. While the rest of the camp was excited about the great victory that Joshua and Moses had worked for, Bezaleel probably took note of the fact that it was his grandfather, a man who was willing to serve God in a quiet fashion, who helped bring the great victory to pass.
“You may not have a high profile position. You may think that cleaning the church, praying for the services, or teaching your little class is an unimportant function, but remember that others are watching!” said Wayne.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
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