“How could God use someone like me?” Ever thought that? You’re not alone, but I have a secret to tell you, God has something to give you that makes all the difference, click and listen to learn what it is… Need prayer? visit my.oswegochristian.com/pray to post a request.Subscribe to our podcast on your phone to automatically have new messages downloaded weekly: in iTunes (http://my.oswegochristian.com/iTunes) or Android (http://my.oswegochristian.com/Google)
OPENING ILLUSTRATION: I love to read biographies and learn about History, I’m one of those nerds who loves to watch documentaries – even when I was a kid
So, it’s natural, as I was praying through what to preach next -series “Lessons from the Exiles” looking at Moses – follow the story of God rescuing His people…
These people thrust out of everything they knew – their “normal” and followed God in faith…
And there are lessons to learn…
Where we pick up is Moses out in the dessert -80 years old -married 2 kids -40 years hiding out
out in dessert, mountain in Horeb. with his flocks. Picture him, 80, grey hair, thin, skin hanging on arms. uses staff more than when younger. stiff from camping out under the stars. no retirement. It’s shepherd until you can no longer shepherd.
out in the wilderness he sees it, a fire… unlike any other fire – not spreading, not growing not going out.
just a bush on fire. -“the fellas back at home are NOT going to believe this”
A voice speaks out of it and calls him by name…
ILLUSTRATION: I don’t know if you’ve had a moment that makes your gut twist… Maybe almost been in a car wreck, or jumped out of a tree and realized it was a little higher than you thought. But Moses is in one of those gut twister moments
A bush, on fire, is speaking to him…
Moses, “Here I am”
God, “Don’t come any closer, take off sandals, on holy ground.”
Exodus 3:6-12 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
huge, Moses knows these names – raised by Jewish parents, by some scholars estimates till he was 5 and would have been weaned from breast feeding -He is standing in a holy place, talking to the God heard stories of -the God who spoke to Abraham -the God who brought Isaac into this world -the God who wrestled with Jacob
Moses face to face with God…
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
it’s easy to see Moses as guy who had it all together, to see him as the man who led millions out of slavery…
need to take you back to beginning so could see, for who he really is – the 80 year old man, skin that’s too lose and hear his words“who am I that I should go?”
don’t you feel it? sense of inadequacy when it comes to following God
killer in the board room genius when it comes to problem solving a master at baking
but when it comes to following the call of God to ministry in your life -you feel like an imposter
US:only Christian in your family, and you feel like you never know what to say -some of you are known as “the Christian” at work and you feel like you’re constantly messing up or not living up to it
the reality is, we ALL have a role to play in the kingdom of God and setting people free, helping them find their way back home to God.
You have been called to be God’s ambassador to the world2 Corinthians 5:2020 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
I think most of us know we are called, but most of us feel Moses’ lack of confidence “Who am I”
God’s response is all that matters, did you hear His answer to Moses?
12 And God said, “I will be with you.
I will be with you God’s answer is not, “you are good enough” “you’ve got this” “you can do it”
God’s answer to Moses’ feelings of inadequacy is to give him Himself…
That’s still how God works -what you need is not a better version of YOU -what you need is to trust that He is enough…
Moses struggled with this, over and over again in the early days of following his call he would tell God how he wasn’t good enough, and God’s reply was always similar – “I’m good enough…”
It reminds me of a passage out of 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians 1:27-3827 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are
God chose you because you are the PERFECT person to accomplish His will in the place you have been set. Stop running from it.
CLOSING ILLUSTRATION:I have to be honest, struggled to know how to lead through this pandemic. -felt at times like I have no idea what to do
But I also have felt a closer connection to Jesus – because I know He chose me for this moment to lead…