I feel like the task ahead of me is daunting and I hear myself making excuses just like Moses when the Lord commanded him to speak to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3-4):
“Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exod. 3:11)
“O 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”. (Exod. 4:10)
These words were from the person who became the adopted son of the Pharaoh’s daughter (Exod. 2:10). He was a palace prince and had the privilege to be educated and trained in the best school in Egypt during his time. Acts 7:22 states that Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. Yet he said he was slow of speech and tongue?
In the same way, has not the Lord blessed me with so much? Just a few days ago, I was recounting the blessings of having hardworking parents who sent me and my siblings to good schools to give us the best education we can have and not let us experience the hardship they went through in funding their own education. Yet now I get intimidated with the enormous responsibility that will be given to me and say: “Lord, I do not know anything; I do not know what to do; I do not know how to speak; I do not know what to say.” Does it mean that all the education and training the Lord gave me were useless?!
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48)
This teaches us to be faithful and wise managers of the things He has entrusted us [talents, skills, spiritual gifts, knowledge, time, wealth, etc]. Everything that we have been given should be used to serve and edify one another (1 Peter 4:10). It is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. (1 Cor. 4:2)
Going back to the story of Moses, after all the encouragement and assurance the Lord gave him, he said: “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (Exod. 4:13) He had fears that we may not know of and may not understand but the fact remains that God is greater than all of his fears combined. The work has to be done; who will do it?
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
Everything is from Him and is about Him. It should never be confidence in the flesh instead it should be confidence in the Lord because it is His strength, His wisdom, His knowledge, His gift, His provision, His work, His timing. We have no excuse. Being available for ministry lifts our focus off of ourselves and enables us to see the needs of others; it pushes us to grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord by following His example of servanthood; it gives us joy in pursuing His purposes for us; it puts us in a place where we can witness God’s work and where we can see His glory.