Burning Bushes

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


I want us to think for a minute about the potential of the ordinary. And to realize with Moses the lesson of the burning bush—that you are in a holy place all day, every day, if you will only realize it.

Every time the church of Jesus Christ has been authentic, it has had that note of helping people to realize that every place they are is a holy place. And that every building where they work is a sanctuary. This is the reason that Jesus exploded on the consciousness of the people around Him—because he saw God in everything.

He stood up to speak about the sparrows, and he saw God in the birds. He talked about the lilies of the field, the flowers that everybody just walked over every day. But he saw God in the flowers. You see, this was the revelation. It was the genius of Jesus Christ. He was saying that all around us there are burning bushes.-- from a talk called "God of the Commonplace" delivered in 1974 at the Layman's Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up." . . . "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

(Exo. 3:1-3, 5)