1/25/2018 – I’M-PERFECT PACKAGING” – Pr. Chuck Adams
“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. 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. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 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. (Exodus 3:7-12 NIV)
“Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”” (Exodus 4:10-12 NIV)
“But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”” (Exodus 4:13-17 NIV)
Moses, one of history’s and the Bible’s most notable leaders, was called by GOD to lead the Israelites out of the Egyptian’s bondage and then would even later become a spiritual leader to his people. Moses was responsible for the DELIVERANCE of the Israelites, the Ten Commandments, and the COVENANT between God and His people. He also received the word from God and the construction of the Lord’s TABERNACLE and was the MEDIATOR for God, between God and the Israelites. And yet, even as this great leader, as God’s great leader, Moses questioned himself and his ability to lead God’s people of Israel and complete God’s calling and assignment on his life. In fact, I counted five… five times in just Chapters 3 and 4 of Exodus that Moses questioned his ability as a leader and servant of God.
First he questioned simply his status. Then he question his capabilities, Then he just simply asked God to, “please pardon Your servant Lord, but send someone else”. (Anyone but him). Each time, God assured him, “I will go with you. I will be with you. I created you and so I will always help you and not only will I be there with you and help you, I will also send you with help”. And He did. God always made sure that Moses succeeded and accomplished the task that God assigned called him to do. Through each plague, each miracle, Moses’ confidence grew and Moses finally led the Israelites from slavery into the promised land.
How many ministers, servants, community leaders … church leaders in our church are as persistent as Moses was to “fly under the radar” when it comes to serving God or doing God’s work. Wouldn’t it be awesome if our churches had more leaders like Moses. Truth is, we do… there are Moseses out there, in our churches. Some waiting to step up while others are still questioning God and/or their ability. Moses, like the rest of us, was not perfect. In fact he was far from it. Initially he questioned God quite a bit and just as he himself claimed before God in (Exodus 4:10), “he was a slow speaker or not a very good speaker (he stuttered)”. How could he stand before Pharaoh… earthly royalty, and speak to him let alone convince him to release all the Israelite slaves when he couldn’t even talk straight. But just as He does today, God promised to “be there with us always” and to always help us through the tough times in our lives, in our ministries, in our calling and assignments from God.
Who are the “Moses’s” in our church? Is it the quiet guy who sits in the back corner of the Sanctuary every Sunday who appears to not want to lead or be a part of any ministry? Is the Moses in your church … YOU? You see, reading God’s word here in the early chapters of Exodus has taught me that Moses was not a great leader and servant for God because of perfect packaging. In fact to the contrary, Moses’ packaging was far from perfect… he suffered many flaws. But Moses had God and his great leadership was not from perfect packaging or even decent packaging; Moses’ leadership and servanthood was from the anointing and ordination covering him by God and Moses’ willingness to accept God’s calling and work in his life.
Remember that it is not by our strengths and abilities that we find our competency and abilities for God’s calling on our lives, but it is through the word of God and He being with us that we are “equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17). As leaders we need to seek God’s help to see potential leaders and ministers of His work through His eyes and not our own worldly eyes. And if He is calling you to step up in any role, we need to step up and be obedient to God’s calling…. In Jesus Name.
Lord, thank You always for your word and encouragement when we are walking in our faith and callings “not so encouraged”. I pray for confidence and ability in my life and Your callings on my life to do Your work. As Your word promises, be with me and Your other laborers and ministers of your work as we go out and lead Your people to Your promise land and Kingdom.