How many times have we been disobedient to God, because we believed something that was not true? I know that I have believed lies that caused me to walk away from God’s will in my own life, and maybe you have too. We arent alone. We’ve all heard of Moses – burning bush, splitting the Red Sea, Pharaoh, Egypt, etc, but do we think about how Moses too, believed the lies? Moses said “yeah, me too.”
In Exodus 3, the Lord tells to Moses that he will lead Israel out of Egypt, His response? Exodus 3 verse 11 says “But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”. Does this sound familiar? Moses believed the lie that he was a nobody. Immediately after Moses said ‘not me’, God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” (Exodus 3:12). ‘I will be with YOU’ says the Lord. Now, God didn’t answer Moses telling him of the big shot he was, instead he responded with saying that HE would be with Moses. Even in our insignificance, God is not insignificant.
We often have this same excuse. God calls us to witness to someone, and instantly we begin to compare ourselves, saying we are a nobody to them. They’re the boss, or they’re very educated and smart, or they are powerful, and I’m not. Just like Moses, we sometimes say, I can’t fulfill God’s call for me, because I’m a nobody.God isn’t looking for people of titles, he’s looking for people who are obedient and ready to be used by God. God promises that He will go with us, but he does not say He will go for us. It doesn’t matter how insignificant you are, and it doesn’t matter how important the person is that you’re witnessing to. God has promised that you CAN fulfill his call to witness because He will go with you.
So we got number one down now? On to number two. The second lie that Moses was quick to believe made him unqualified was that he had no authority. Once again, God did not challenge Moses’ thought that in himself, he did not have the authority to lead His people. In fact, that the was problem before, was that Moses’ had done it on his own authority. But instead God tells him that he is going under the authority of God Himself. He says, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” If they have any question as to who this God is, He goes on to clarify that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that He was sending Moses. So Moses did not have to worry about his lack of authority, because he was going in the authority of God of the Universe.
Sometimes we have the same excuse. People will think that we are arrogant to think that we have the only truth. People will say, “Who are you to tell me that I’m going to hell?” or “that I’m wrong?” We think that we cannot witness, because we even think that we don’t have the right to push our religion on other people.
Jesus, once again, gives the same answer to this excuse that God gave to Moses. Again, he doesn’t deny that we ourselves don’t have the authority to confront people, but in Mark 16:17, in the same context of the Great Commission, Jesus says, “IN my name they will …” Once again, wrapped up in the statement, “In my name.” is “in my authority” and “in my power.” Jesus promises us that when we witness, we go not in our own strength and authority, but in his strength and authority. You can fulfill God’s call to witness, because you don’t have to go in our your own authority, but you can go in the NAME of Jesus.
God has promised that you can fulfill His call to witness, because you can go in His name, in His strength and authority. Sometimes we try to go in our strength, or our own pride. Sometimes we go trying to build up our own little Kingdom instead of the Kingdom of God. Many people are trying to make a Name for themselves, but when they do they only have their strength to rely on. If you will step out, humbly, and work to build God’s Kingdom, you can fulfill God’s call because He will give you His own authority and power.
The third lie that both Moses and ourselves have been known to believe is the one saying that we are incapable. Moses had a speech impediment, and satan used it to make him think less of himself. God, of course, did not deny Moses’ speech problem, but instead reminded Moses that He was the one who had created Moses’ mouth. This fact relays two truths. First, as the creator, if God could make a mouth, certainly he could fix one – or make provision for one. Second, God was reminding him that as the omnipotent God, he had created Moses’ mouth the way He because He wanted it that way. What Moses saw as a flaw was really a part of God’s perfect design. God does make provision for this incapability of Moses by providing Aaron, his brother, to be his spokesman. God also promises Moses that He will help him to speak and will teach him what to say. So, while the specific answer to the specific need is the provision of Aaron, what God is saying is that He will make provision for incapabilities.
We also sometimes feel like we are incapable. Like Moses, we don’t know what to say, or how to say it. Maybe you missed the Bible studies on evangelism and really don’t have any clue what to say. Or maybe you’re shy and think that you are incapable of speaking to people.
Jesus also promises us that he will make provision for our incapabilities. Matt. 10:18-20. Jesus told his disciples that in their Kingdom work they would be brought before many important people – kings and rulers – but they were not to worry about what they would say in those times, because His spirit would speak through them. Jesus promised them, and promises us, that when we find ourselves in situation we aren’t capable of handling, we don’t have to worry, because He will make provision for our incapabilities.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God will also overcome whatever incapabilities you may have and enable you to fulfill God’s call to witness. But he won’t speak for you. You must take the initiative and open your mouth to speak. If you will take the step of faith and open your mouth, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say.
Despite the qualifications we may feel like we lack, through Jesus we can fulfill His commandments. Matt. 28:18-20 – Jesus calls us all to GO and lead his children out of bondage today. Not a physical slavery, but a slavery to sin. Even though we may not see a burning bush, this call is still individual – for every one of us. It’s true that some people are called to work full time in the ministry, but EVERY believer has a responsibility to do their part in witnessing and sharing the Good News of Jesus with those around them. YOU are called to GO into your world and make disciples, followers of Jesus.