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“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.”
– Exodus 34:29
Everyone has a platform. Some know it – but don’t know what to do with it. They use it poorly, if at all. Others don’t realize their platform, and haven’t a clue how to use it. Very few realize their platform, embrace it, and use it well. Which describes you? How are you using your platform?
Moses was a mighty man of God. To this day, he is considered the quintessential Hebrew – a deliverer who had a tight walk with God, intelligence, humility and a heart for people. He met with God, and talked with Him, as a man meets and talks with another man. And, when his life was over, he was buried by God Himself, in an undisclosed location (no doubt to keep people from worshiping Him rather than his God). And what was the purpose of Moses’ entire life? To point people to God. He had a platform, and knew how to use it.
How ironic – and distasteful – it would have been if Moses tried to share the platform with God. That would have been a losing battle. And, we wouldn’t be reading about Moses the way we do today. The way Moses handled his platform is what makes him so commendable. It determined his hero status, and his eternal legacy.
If you have a relationship with God, you too have been given a platform. Like Moses’, your platform is to also point people to God, never yourself. Yes, people will not realize this the way you must. They will put you on a platform and begin to worship you, even if subtly, even if in miniscule ways. But your job is to help them, as Moses did, see the glory of God. You must see yourself as a reflector of God’s glory – and nothing more.
While every one of us has varying degrees of talent, education and opportunity (success is where opportunity meets preparation), and we cannot determine the height or reach of our platform, we can determine how we use our platform. In fact, the way we use our platform may determine whether or not we maintain it, lose it, or are given an even larger platform from which to “speak” with the totality of our lives.
How much talent do you have? How about education? In some ways, it really doesn’t matter. Stop dreaming about a larger platform, where people will recognize you. Start focusing on using the platform you have, right now, for the glory of God. Somewhere on this earth you’ll find people with less than what you’ve got – yet they’re doing more than you’re doing. They’ve embraced their platform, determined to use it humbly, wisely. The issue is really not a matter of how much you have of anything. It’s a matter of how much you’re doing with what you now have.
Dreaming of greener pastures is overrated. Planting a harvest in whatever soil you’ve been given is really the only thing you can do. But it’s also the most important thing you can do.
How are you using your platform? Not the one you dream of having – the one you actually have, right now? What’s keeping you from embracing it, and using it with exceptional leverage, for the glory of God? It’s not a matter of whether or not it’s the right thing to do. You know it is. It’s a matter of whether or not you do the right thing. And, whether or not you do the right thing is really what determines everything . . .