Exodus 4:13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (NIV)
When I read about how reluctant Moses was to do God’s bidding, it makes me smile. Getting people to volunteer in church for leadership or ministry roles can be just as hard, too. Some folks feel as if they’re not good enough; others think they have too much going on to be effective, while others hope that someone else will step forward to do the work. Year in and year out, volunteers are needed to continue Christ’s mission, but it seems lately that more folks don’t feel called to work for God.
I understand how they feel. After more than thirty years in ministry and attending thousands of meetings, I wonder how effective or essential those meetings have been. In the short term, each one of them has been important; in the eternal scheme of things, however, perhaps not so much.
Moses didn’t want to respond to do God’s work. He felt it was a mistake and that someone else more qualified could do it. But God doesn’t make mistakes and He personally sought out Moses for the task. No matter how inadequate or reluctant Moses felt, God would not be thwarted. Moses was the right person, so God wasn’t going to take ‘no’ for an answer.
Perhaps you’ve been asked to do something special in your church or have been invited to consider a leadership role in your congregation. Maybe you feel unqualified or overstretched, so you would like to say ‘no,’ and have someone else fulfill the call. However, before you reject the invitation, honestly ask yourself this question: “Is this something that God wants me to do?” If it is, then no matter how inadequate or how burdened you feel, know this: God does not make mistakes and He will help you to fulfill the role.
Point to ponder
What can I do for my church? What is God presently asking me to undertake and accomplish?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your ministry and mission continue in our congregations, communities, and around the world. You call on Christian people to be part of Your work on Earth. Help us to hear Your invitation and cheerfully accept what You need us to do. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. You can read the church website at www.erinpresbyterian.org.