We should never limit ourselves to human opinion but live in the vast opportunity of God's power.
Reference: v. 35 "It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. (NRSV Bible)
Explore: I love that God is not bound by human limitations. Stephen is reminding the Sanhedrin that Moses had huge skill and potential and yet wasted it by killing a man and losing face amongst the people in Egypt. However, God was not restricted by Moses' sin and departure, He still saw great hope in what could be done through Moses.
Neither was God restricted by the Israelite's perspective as they rejected Moses and did not see his potential. But God found purpose and a place for him to lead the people out of Egypt and towards the Promised Land.
Application: It is so important for us to see through God's eyes and see His potential for us, rather than being limited by the potential other people place on us. If we truly believe that God can do all things through us, then our potential is limitless. However, if we reduce ourselves to fitting into the narrow perspective of others, then we are wasting valuable time towards building God's kingdom. We should never limit ourselves to human opinion but live in the vast opportunity of God's power.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to sell myself short due to what I witness here on earth, but push myself forward based on my potential in you. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.