You're going to a job interview at the company that's at the top of your list. The job can make or break your career.
The problem is, the last time you worked there, you screwed up big time. They have no reason to take you back, but you're hoping maybe You can point out the things you did well. So you walk into the interview, and you see him. The person you considered your friend and mentor had fired you. You gulp. You can't rationalize your mistakes with this man. Maybe if you offer to work for free. . .
That's the situation Moses faced in Exodus 34. God wanted to wipe Israel out and start over again with Moses. Moses was pleading with God to stay with them, to honor His covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Moses had no way to sugarcoat their behavior. Only days before they had worshipped the Golden Calf. So he admits the truth: we are hard-headed. We are sinners, everyone of us.
The only one of them who had any glimmer of worthiness was Moses himself. And he offered himself on behalf of his people. "If you see any good in me."
Then, on behalf of the people who just left slavery behind, Moses asked, "Own us. Possess us."
What a standard to live up to. God expects nothing less than our complete honesty--we can't exactly hide our sins from Him--and He demands nothing less than our lives. Later in this chapter, He tells them, "No one is to show up in my presence empty-handed."
Applying for a job in God's kingdom is not for the faint of heart.