Those who have a heart to serve Jesus and are actively trying to listen to His voice receive requests from Him. Instructions for what he wants us to do with our lives. Often I enjoy doing what He asks me to do. I see it as for my own good, usually aligning with my passions and gifting, and it makes me happy to be asked.
Other times when Jesus asks, it feels hard . . . too hard. I don’t want to do it. Fear begins to take over and I begin to look for excuses as to why not: I am not gifted for that, I am not the right person, and I can reach for a whole shelf of other reasons. But His request, His call remains.
As I read Exodus 3 this morning as a part of our church reading plan, I saw that in Moses.
God pursued Moses saying, “take off your sandals, for the ground is holy.” Going barefoot? Not hard. I can do that. But God didn’t stop there. He said, “I want you to bring my people out of Egypt.”
Moses’ reply was, “Who am I?”
Moses was wrestling with feelings of inadequacy for God’s call. I feel that in my life. But God didn't respond with “You are adequate.” He said, “I will be with you.” God’s presence is what will make the difference in his mission. Note: that is the same thing Jesus said at the Great Commission, as He sent out his disciples, “I will be with you always.”
Then Moses replied “Who are you?” And God answers, “I AM the existent one. Before anything else was, I was . . . I AM!”
I’M NOT! I am not the existent one. But I was not meant to be. God created me to be and to do something unique, something for Him. My fears, hold backs, excuses, expose the need to trust Him more. To have faith that He will be with me; to have faith in the character and power of God.
When I put it that way (more accurately because God put it that way), my heart begins to fill with courage. I begin to believe that God can do something and use me in the process.
May you be filled with courage also as you trust in His presence and character to live out what He hasasked you to do. And if you are not sure what that is right now, join me in listening.
Posted on Thu, January 27, 2011
by Pastor Jon Knapp