“The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A staff.” Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. But the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand and grasp it by its tail”—so he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.””
Exodus 4:2-5 NASB
Used by God
We believers have a tendency to place those with a “calling” on a pedestal. We elevate them as somehow special, or that they are super christians, better than the rest of us. “So and so is a soul winner! , or “Brother Bob really teaches the Bible!, he is a prayer warrior…and so it goes.
We lift up these people so that they get the attention and draw scrutiny from ourselves. “I don’t have that gift to” fill in the blank. We give ourselves the excuse not to serve, to develop our own gifts and bless the body of Christ.
It is said that twenty percent of any given congregation ministers to the whole. The other eighty percent bolt for the door as soon as the closing prayer is done.
Sometimes people cite some shortcoming in themselves that gives them an out. They say I am not a good speaker, or they might say point out some other excuse for not serving.
This morning I read about Moses. God gave him a task and Moses quickly points out all of his short comings. God reminds him that He created him and his tongue and that He would be with him. Still Moses is reluctant.
Years ago I heard a speaker at church named David Ring. David had been stillborn but was miraculously revived. He was dealt many health blows and had Cerebral Palsy. He didn’t speak well or walk well, but God had work for Him. He is a motivational speaker and evangelist. In one of his sermons on the passage above he expanded on the moment when God asked Moses what he had in his hand.
God can use anything. We all have something in our hands. It might be past trauma, a bad experience, a bad history where we made mistakes. It my be an addiction that we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb. God can use it for His glory.
We are in a world filled with people who are downcast and unable to look to folks on the pedestals. They can look to you. I entered this walk of faith as one who thought of himself as useless, with no worth, and most worthy of hell. Then there was that moment when God asked me what was in my hand.
What is in your hand. The Lord can make use of it.
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