Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" Exodus 3:11
God must get awfully tired of human beings -- and their excuses. Paging through the Bible we seem to find nothing but reluctant warriors for the Almighty. Instead of Isaiah's "Here am I. Send me!" the more common reply to God's call is, "Me, Lord? Not me! Send him!"
Moses was like that. Confronted with God's call to service, he offered the human excuse. He pleaded inadequacy, unpreparedness, and indisposition. But God wanted Moses. Without his knowledge, God had prepared Moses for a task and mellowed him through the years. God was ready to act -- through Moses. It was Moses who wanted to hold back.
God still equips those whom He would use. Through the Holy Spirit, operating in Word and sacraments, God supplies divine power. Using other men and women, God equips us through good example, adequate training, and steady encouragement. In this way He prepares fathers and mothers, citizens and workmen, pastors and teachers. All are to do His will, telling the story of Christ.
God urges us to let our light shine. When the divine order comes to blaze forth, we may be sure that He has already supplied the wick, the oil, and the match.
PRAYER: Call us to service, Lord, and by Your Spirit show us how we have been equipped by You; for Jesus' sake. Amen.
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