Too Inadequate? …Too Unholy?Daily Thoughts
Exodus 4:24 “At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him”
Do you feel inadequate? Do you feel you are not accomplished to do the things God has asked you to do? Do you think you not holy enough, not wise enough, not good enough? Moses felt the same way when God asked him to go to Egypt. What we see within this verse and in Moses’ previous responses to God is that God will make you a Servant before he makes you Sinless. What I mean is, God has no requirements that you must meet before you start serving him.
Too inadequate & insecure?
Throughout Exodus 4 God is trying to convince Moses to go to Egypt, but hear Moses’ responses:
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”
“Moses said to the Lord, “O 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.”
“But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
Sound like some of your thoughts? “I have never been baptised …I’ve never read all the Bible …I’ve never prayed with anyone for salvation…I don’t even have a favourite verse”…who cares! At least 4 or 5 times Moses brings up an excuse as to why he is too insecure and inadequate for the job, yet God completely ignored him. Moses’ feeling of inadequacy was totally irrelevant to what God had asked him to do, because it was going to be accomplished through God’s power not through Moses’ power. Understand that your feelings of inadequacy and insecurity are irrelevant for what God wants you to do, because he will accomplish it in his power, not yours. There are no conditions or requirements for you to serve God, even to start leading, you just need to do it!
Peter was the disciple that made the most mistakes, put his foot in his mouth, disowned Jesus 3 times, was called “Satan” by Jesus, yet it was Peter whom Jesus made leader of the first church. Get that! That’s because leadership is not based on what you DON’T do (a sinless life), it’s based on what you DO do (a servant life).
Too sinful & unholy?
It is true that God wants you to live a holy life, yet not even that is a requirement for service. God dislikes your sin, however he contends with it and is merciful towards us, even as sinners. Why did God try to kill Moses? Because Moses had not circumcised his son, which was an important part of being a Hebrew and belonging to God. Notice though that God challenged and confronted him on the way to Egypt. God was more focused on getting Moses to accept the challenge than cleaning up his personal life. Understand this: God will still ask you to serve him, to represent him, to lead others…even as a sinner! God would rather you complete the task as a sinner than never even start it all as a holy person. God wants you to be holy, he wants you to be sinless, but He is willing to clean you up on the way. So never let your failures be a barrier to your service for God, in fact stepping into that service or leadership gives us the determination and conviction to live a sinless life.