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Unlikely Qualifications for God’s Work

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Moses, man of God, bows low to worship the Lord
Sometimes we think that God calls only impressive, competent people into his service. But I think we could not be more wrong. God is looking for willing people whom God would like to bless and equip for his service. Moses is a great example of this.

Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!’”(Exodus 4:1, MSG)

Moses could not believe that he would be able to do what God asked him to do (lead the Israelites out of Egypt) but God performed some miracles (a staff became a snake, his hand turned leprous and then was healed) to prove Moses that it actually would be about God and not about him. But even that was not enough for Moses.

Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.” (Exodus 4:10, MSG)

Then God tells Moses that he had made Moses and his mouth just the way they are. God promises to be right there with him and his mouth but still Moses pleads: “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!” (Exodus 4:13,MSG)

In the end (after God got angry with him) Moses agrees to go when he can take his brother Aaron with him. Moses is presented very stubborn, ill equipped, and unqualified for the job he is called to do. Yet he is the one God had chosen. But why would God choose someone like him? Certainly not because of his competencies! But maybe his incompetency and under qualification were exactly what was needed. What?

Because salvation is not about us. It’s about God. It’s not our work, it’s God’s work. We are invited along but we are not the subject of the process. It does not matter how much we stutter. It does not matter how unimpressive we are. It does not matter how imperfect we feel we are. Because it is not about us. It’s about God!

What matters is that we humbly surrender to Jesus and allow God to work through us. We are to do our best for the Lord. But it really isn’t about us. It’s not about our abilities but it’s about God enabling us to do what we are called to do. God is in action. God is alive and working in us and through us. God is calling us to partner with him.

Let’s not let our in-capabilities or in-competencies keep us from saying yes to God’s invitations! Because God calls us as we are, thoughtfully equips us and sends us into his service powered by the Holy Spirit! It’s not about us. It’s all about God! Thanks be to God!

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for using ordinary people for your extraordinary tasks!
Help us to believe that we are worthy to do your work!
Empower us to live the salvation life right where we are.
Guide us to share your love and grace with the people you send our way.
Enable us to hear your calling and
humbly follow your lead wherever you send us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you identify with Moses? What’s your stuttering? I feel that ‘my stuttering’ is not being a native English-speaker. But I’m slowly learning that it does not matter in God’s plans. Soli Deo Gloria!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to navigate the salvation life!

Giving thanks today for
#841 It’s not about me, it’s about God!
#842 God can work through me despite of my in-competencies
#842 God qualifies & equips the called
#844 God’s ways are mightier than we can imagine
#845 By the world’s standards God uses the unlikely ones
#846 We are blessed to be called to work with God
#847 God knows our weaknesses and he still calls us.
#848 God’s salvation plan is powerful
#849 The Bible is full of examples of unlikely heroes of God
#850 God invites us to partner with him
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Image courtesy of  V. Gilbert and Arlisle F. Beers. This post is refurbished from 10/2010. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty & Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday and

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  • I love your consistent message, Mari-Anna, that it is GOD who is the powerful one, the one who is our motivator and our sustainer. On our own, many things are impossible, but with Him, we can do whatever He calls us to do because He will equip us.

    • Thank you for your encouraging words, Lisa! It is truly liberating to know we can rest in His grace while He is working in us & through us. Abundant blessings to you, sis!

  • I’m so glad all I have to be is willing, because that’s really all I have.

  • Your English is wonderful! I do understand, too – as I live and work where French is the official language, but it isn’t my first one.

    Lovely, needed message!

    • Thank you, Richelle, for sharing. Your experience validates my feeling of inadequacy. But I thank God for it because it keeps me humble and totally dependent on God. Bountiful blessings to you!