His ability, my availabilty

Just listening to the audio Bible, and got as far as Exodus 3.  I have a soft spot for Moses.  The story of the way God led him, spoke to him and worked through him has been so helpful to me already, and God has used that story to encourage me in the past.  This morning, I got to the bit where Moses meets God through the burning bush.  God calls him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and Moses comes up with many excuses and reasons why God should call someone else and not him.    I think his story will prove to be fruitful and helpful for me all through my ministry.

Leadership is hard.  It will always be difficult, no matter in which context I believe God is calling me to lead.  There will be plenty of times when I feel overwhelmed and won’t know what I’m doing.  I will often feel completely inadequate – and actually, I think that’s the best place to be.  I need to be constantly reminded that I must rely on God and not myself.  This is where the story of Moses, and the interactions between him and God – is so helpful.
The LORD said, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’”

But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’

And God said, “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:10-12)
 
Moses’ first objection is that he is a nobody, and God suggests that this is irrelevant, because what matters is God’s presence.  This doesn’t satisfy a still sceptical Moses, who continues to object …
 

Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’

The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LordNow go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’ (Ex. 4:10-12)

The lesson is clear.  God doesn’t choose people with super ability.  He chooses those who are willing to join in with his plans.  He is the one who gives us the ability to speak.  He is the one who equips us to do the work to which he’s calling us.  It all depends on his ability, not ours.  We need to be available.  God does the rest.

So, feel inadequate today to the calling God’s put on your heart?  I suggest that’s the best way to be – because then God can really do his work in and through you. Step out in faith, trust in God, and you may well be pleasantly surprised!

 
 
 
 
 

One thought on “His ability, my availabilty

  1. An old maxim states, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” That certainly is true when applied to the reputation of church leaders. A man may have great talents and an extensive knowledge of the truths of the Holy Bible, but if his life has a “weak link” his reputation will suffer great damage and his ministry will be diminished, if not destroyed completely. That is why this first group of qualifications is so vital to leadership. Let’s examine each one briefly.

    Blameless (elders and deacons – 1 Tim 3: 2, 10; Titus 1:6, 7). This is an all-inclusive quality relating to all areas of life. It is important that an elder or deacon be above reproach in any of the important areas of personal character listed in 1 Timothy 3 or Titus 1. When tested, they must be found “blameless” in the sight of the people they will be ministering to.Does this mean that a man has to be perfect to be a church leader? Obviously not, since no one is perfect. But the characteristic pattern of his life must be in line with the biblical standards of leadership. Any leader who violates anyone of these high standards must be dealt with speedily and biblical
    (Matt 18: 15-17; 1 Tim 5; 19, 20). When considering a candidate, it should be asked if there are any verifiable, unresolved charges of wrongdoing that could be brought against him.

    2) A good testimony among those outside (elders – Tim 3:7). Those “outside are non-Christians who observe the testimony of church leaders. An elder cannot function effectively as a leader and witness in the community if a cloud of disgrace hangs over him because of questionable or clearly sinful activity. The witness of the entire church in the community and the authority of such a leader within the church itself would be seriously damaged by a bad reputation. If a leader’s character is in question, it’s not only bad for the church but also dangerous for the individual. First, Timothy 3:7 states that if an elder does not have a good reputation he will fall into “the snare of the devil.” Satan is working to discredit Christian leaders and to stifle the churches witness.

    3) Of good behaviour (elders – 1 Tim 3:2). The word translated “of good behaviour” can also be translated “respectable” or “honourable.” It comes from the Greek word for “orderly” or “well-arranged.” A man who lives an orderly life is conducting himself in an honourable manner, thus earning the respect of those around him. A church leader, then, should not be someone who runs from crisis to crisis because of his own disorganisation. Any candidate for church office or service should be observed and questioned to determine if his life reflects consistency and order.

    4) Reverent (deacons – Tim 3:8). A person who serves in an official role in the church is to be respectable and dignified. Such an individual is to take his role seriously. Does the person have a frivolous attitude toward spiritual issues? Like the preceding characteristic, “of good behaviour,” would an observer, whether in or out of the church, respect the person and his official role?

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