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"You Don’t Mean Me!"

June 7, 2006

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"Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" Exodus 3:11

God imposes many interesting challenges on us through the responsibilities of life. These come to us in business, in the church, in our personal lives. Unfortunately, many people try to excuse themselves from these challenges. By not using fully their abilities, many people deny themselves a rewarding experience.

Moses tried to do this very thing. God called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses said, “Who am I?” He told God that He must have gotten hold of the wrong man. Surely God could not mean him! Had God accepted his excuse, Moses would have been buried a forgotten shepherd.

How often we seek to run away from the challenges and opportunities that God in His wisdom gives us! The Lord dares us as Christians to live the life of heroic faith and service. He wants us to give of our gifts and ourselves to build the Kingdom. He promises blessings to us through the obligations we meet. How often do we excuse ourselves and say, “Surely, Lord, You do not mean me!” Let us learn to accept God’s challenge.

By God’s grace, we shall rise to the full stature of our being as Christians, redeemed for a life of service by our precious Savior, who came to Bethlehem, humble and poor, to enrich our lives now and in eternity.

PRAYER: Gracious heavenly Father; through Christ Jesus You have redeemed us and shown us how to accept every challenge that You place before us. For His sake grant us the grace to do Your work. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 139-141    John 17

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