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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” This is a quotation from the English writer william Shakespeare. No matter the abundance of our gifts and talents, we will exit the world like an actor exits a stage, and someone else will step up in our place. Before we exit, what kind of foundation have we laid?
Moses was 120 years old when he died. He had lived 40 years a wealthy prince in Egypt, then 40 years a shepherd in the dry desert, and the last 40 years as the first nation building leader of Israel. In his life and through his hands, God performed great miracles, but a day came when God said to him, its time to hand over to Joshua.
Deuteronomy 34:7-10 (English Standard Bible) says: “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated… Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days… And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him… Israel obeyed him… there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face…”
The kings of Egypt built great cities, the cities are no more; Moses built God’s people, and his impact has lasted thousands of years. God continues to honor the work of Moses till this day; Moses planted a seed with earthly and eternal value. The seeds I am planting today, that you are planting, do they have eternal value?
Lord, help us plant seeds with earthly and eternal value, Amen!