Equipped Through Obedience

Has God ever called you to do something that you felt unequipped to take on? If so, and you’re anything like me, you might find yourself asking, “Me? Are you sure, God? Do you really think you’re asking the right person to take on this task?”  And then I’ll go ahead and hand God my long list of shortcomings, inabilities and reasons why I “can’t” do what He’s asking me to do.  Yet, every time I respond like this, God is quick to remind me of His conversation with Moses in the wilderness.  You know….the one where God appears in a burning bush, calls Moses to save His people from the Egyptians, and then Moses tries to explain to God why he’s not up for the job:

 

 

Exodus 4:10-12: But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “oh Lord, I’m not very good with words.  I have never been and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me.  I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”  Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who made man’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see?  Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go!  I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

 

 

 

Man, if that doesn’t sound familiar. God calls me to something and I question my ability to accomplish His will.  I give God my excuses and reasons why I can’t do what He’s asked. I mean, I’d like to think that if God appeared to me in a burning bush and spoke audibly to me, I may be more inclined to believe that He’s got my back.  Hopefully that would be enough to shake my unbelief.  But yet it goes on to say that Moses STILL doubted!!

 

 

Now, I know it’s not likely that God will speak to us in a flaming bush, but there is a simple, yet very important truth that I think we all tend to forget.

 

 

Here it is folks: The God of the Old Testament is still the same God of today.

 

 

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The same God that used Moses when he doubted, uses people to accomplish His will today.  He uses us (humanity) to bring His plans to fruition.   And who are we to call into question the plans of Almighty God just because we don’t have confidence in ourselves and our abilities?

 

 

Don’t you see?  God WANTS to use us.  You and me.  Broken and all.  Unequipped and all.   Doubtful and all.

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:26-30 (The Passion Translation): Not many of you were considered the elite when you answered God’s call. But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shame the high and mighty.  He chose the lowly, the laughable in the world’s eyes- nobodies- so that he would shame the somebodies.  For he chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supercede what is regarded as prominent, so that there would be no place for prideful boasting in God’s presence.  For it is not from man that we draw our life but from God as we are being joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. And now he is our God-given wisdom, our virtue, our holiness, and our redemption.

 

 

Why would God choose to use the unqualified and unequipped?    So that He can receive the full glory.  So that we know, without a doubt, that it is God doing the work and not us.  We are only His vessels and servants. It’s not about us.  It’s about Him.  We don’t have to be perfect.  Just available.  Available to act when God calls us, and to trust that He will provide us the means to do what He’s asking.

 

 

Think about it…what if Moses hadn’t trusted and responded in obedience? I guess we’ll never know for sure, but I do believe that he would have missed out on the joy that living for God brings.  Instead, because of his obedience, he was used mightily and affected the lives of generations.

 

 

So I would love to ask you this question….What part is God asking you to play in His story?  He wants to use YOU.  So, put aside your fears, your doubts and your inabilities and just trust Him. Don’t be afraid to get involved (speak, act, etc) when God prompts.   It may very well be setting something in motion that we don’t have the foresight to understand yet, and we could miss out on the incredible blessing that obedience brings to ourselves and to others.

 

 

 

Kim is a wife, mom, and lover of both Jesus and crossfit.  She is a germaphobe minimalist who loves all things black and comfy, and will sacrifice life and limb to to be in her soft pants before 8pm.  Kim serves as a worship leader and an administrative assistant at her home church in South Florida.      

 

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