God can use You for His Glory
Exodus 3:11 – But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
God called Moses out of a burning bush to bring His people out of Egyptian bondage after 400 years. Moses, of course, gives many excuses, but God’s command stood and Moses went. Moses asked a good question though, “Who am I?” At this time, he was 80 years old and had been in the desert for 40 years, tending sheep. He murdered an Egyptian 40 years prior to this and ran for his life. Then in God’s time, He called His servant to be the instrument He would use to free His people. Moses was a meek man, Numbers 12:3, meaning he had power under the control and authority of God. He knew there was nothing in him that would want God to call him.
In other words, Moses was humble and had a proper perspective of himself, though he had an anger problem and gave excuses. The last part sounds like me! All throughout the Bible, we see God calling men and women to serve Him and say things or do things or go somewhere. Think of Noah who built the Ark. Think of Abraham, whom God called. Think of Jonah, the rebellious prophet. Think of David or Hezekiah, the Kings. Think of Hannah or Mary, humble women of God. Think of Saul of Tarsus who became Paul. Think of Peter, who denied Jesus 3 times. Think of James, the brother of Jesus who didn’t believe in Him until after the resurrection and became the leader in the Church in Jerusalem. Many more examples could be given of people of different ages, from different backgrounds, different genders, both Jew and Gentile whom God called to do things for His glory. Read Hebrews 11 to get more of a glimpse of this. So what does this mean for us?
This means that despite our fallacies, weaknesses, education and money or lack thereof, cultural background, family situation and much more, that who God first calls to Himself, and He can use for His glory. We often ask the same question Moses did, “Who am I?” The answer is no one. You may not like it, but that’s true. I’m no one special. While God does not need us for anything, He, by His grace calls us to salvation and service. Imagine that! The Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of the Universe gives us, His creation an opportunity to take part in His plan of Redemption foreordained before the foundation of the earth! What could give more hope, more purpose and more wonder than that! It will be expressed differently in and through people’s lives in different vocations and places.
No matter what we struggle with, God has given us victory in Christ and while we will sin, and say and do sinful things, He can use us and wants to. Don’t get me wrong, we should repent when we sin because it hinders us and affects others, though it doesn’t imperil God. You may say, “I have nothing to offer God.” Neither do I! Welcome to the Church! “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling.” When we recognize that all is by God’s grace, we will be willing and begin to be equipped to fulfill the calling God has in our lives, whatever that may be. This is because, despite who and what we are and just like Moses, God can use you for His glory!