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“It’s not how you start that matters but how you finish”.

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“It’s not how you start that matters but how you finish”.

Exodus 24:1-2 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, uNadab, and Abihu, and vseventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. Moses walone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”

 In our text in Exodus, the first instruction from the Lord to Moses was to come up higher while the others were to worship from afar. Very clear instruction!

 Second Phase:

Now the others had the privilege of coming up also to where the Lord was; “Exodus 24:9-11 [9] Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, [10] and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. [11] And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.” (Emphasis mine)

Notice that the Lord was very merciful to them (v11) especially if one takes into account this scripture from –Exodus 33:20 “But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”

The invitation of the sons of Aaron and the seventy elders seems to me that the Lord is ever willing to extend that same invitation to the church and not just the one person but all who call on the name of the Lord. The challenge is how we steward the precious presence of the Lord.

However Nadab and Abihu, who had also been invited to come up higher and had the privilege of being in God’s presence, were later found to have burned “strange fire”. That is they did the offering in their own way instead of in the way authorized by the Lord, and for this they died. Leviticus 10:1-2 [1] Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them. [2] And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

 Numbers 26:61-“But Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD.”

This is a word to fellow Gatekeepers, Ministers of the Gospel and the Church. During the course of the life of a minister, some veer off and begin to engage in un-commanded works, which as a consequence can lead them to not finishing on a strong note. One needs to be mindful that God will not endorse our own plans because ultimately it’s all about His will and His Kingdom.

Ananias and Sapphira, Saul, Solomon, are but a few examples of how easy it is to veer off course and not finish well.

Can it be that we get too presumptuous in our walk with the Lord? Or do we simply get too familiar with Him that we forget the one who called and anointed us? If you sense that you might have gone off course from the path that God set for you, please accept this word as a reminder to you today. There’s an opportunity to repent, recalibrate and focus only on the commanded work of God for your life and ministry.

I believe all our goal is to finish well, and this can only happen when we remain in full obedience to the Lord.