Serving God With So Little

            This morning I was reading a missionary biography and thinking how little I have in common spiritually with the person I was reading about.  My mind wandered.  Didn’t I once have a greater zeal for God?  Wasn’t I adamant when I was younger that what I was doing was serving the Lord?  Was I on the wrong track from the start?

            In hindsight, I can honestly confess that much of what I thought I was doing for God in the past was done in the flesh.  After all, hadn’t God given me certain abilities and talents?  I really did want to use them for him.

            Remember Moses?  Years before he led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness for 40 years, he killed a man, thinking this was what he should be doing (Ex. 2:11-15).  However, this wasn’t God’s way or plan.  Moses fled and spent 40 years tending sheep in a desert.  You may know the story of God appearing to him in a burning bush and giving him His real plan and instructions.  Moses talked back to God, making foolish, prideful excuses.  God met him at every turn.  There are two lessons I want to point out from Exodus 4:1-17, selected verses.

            “And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign….And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say….And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.”

            “First, notice God brought Moses’ attention to what he already possessed—a rod, his hand, and his mouth.  To apply this to ourselves, God uses our skills, talents, interests, etc.  Here’s the second lesson, which I hadn’t learned early on.  (Incidentally, note Moses was somewhat older when God showed this to him.  The younger you can learn this, the better.))  Moses wasn’t the one who did the signs and miracles.  It was God.  God sanctified—that is, set aside for His purposes—those things Moses possessed.  There’s no way Moses could have performed the astonishing things God did.  For Moses to serve God, he had to let Him take control of what He had given him, or allowed him to have in the first place.  When God uses you, He’ll show you what you have that He can use, even if you think it’s not much.  .  Then, let Him use them as only He can.  Be His instrument.

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