Matthew R. Perry

Your Burning Bush Speaks, Part I: Who Am I?

In Church Life, Missions on October 24, 2007 at 12:37 pm

(Be sure to read the Introduction to this blog series.)

Look at Moses’ first response: “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’” (Exodus 3:11). When God calls you to do something, what is your first response? For the majority of us, instead of us looking to the one who calls us and enables us, we begin to look at ourselves and our particular status in life. How many people fail to come to Christ simply because they are more concerned with exalting themselves rather than “denying themselves.” If they get past that point, they would struggle with the fact that they could never be worthy enough to follow Christ. Moses saw God’s holiness, and initially we see our own unworthiness when stacked up against His holiness. That can be a good thing when we use it to rely on him — but if we react by using God’s holiness as an excuse for disobedience, we must repent.

Look at what Moses said, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” You see, Moses first looked at himself, then he looked at Pharaoh! When he compared himself to Pharaoh, he nearly melted at the weight of that prospect right then and there.

How did God respond? “But I will be with you, and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain” (Exodus 3:12). Given all that we know about Moses, I doubt that Moses found very much comfort in this. Why? Because I’m sure Moses wanted to see something more upfront. Notice what the sign was — “when you have brought the people out of Egypt … .” I’m sure he was thinking, “Uh, God, you’re acting like this is going to happen.” Which is exactly the point! God does not call us in hopes we have the wherewithal to accomplish the task — he calls us to use us in our weakness to accomplish his task and receive the glory.

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