Updated: Feb 2, 2022
It can be quite daunting being asked by God to carry out a mission/task for Him. Trust me, I know! This blog is me stepping out of my comfort zone and putting out into the world what he wants me to. It is a whole new world to me. If we are completely honest with ourselves, we like to be in control and we try and always be prepared for the unexpected. We set out plans for the future which isn't a bad thing and we attempt to stick to that plan. The unexpected happens and we fear the unknown and stay in our comfort bubble - which could be the bubble of our thought and the justifications we come up with, work, uni course etc. We crave change and want to step up but we stop ourselves due to feelings like fear. The prophet Moses from the bible is an example of someone who God chose to carry out a task and he was really challenged to step out of what he knew and the life he built for himself, ignoring the fear and doubts within him. He trusted whole-heartedly on God (but not after asking for a few signs first from God).
(P.S: If you do or don’t know the story of Moses, I would recommend watching the “Prince of Egypt” if you’re musical or watching the film “Moses” with the actor Ben Kingsley. It is an amazing film that recounts the story with amazing music and it gets me every time I watch it.)
In Exodus chapter 3 verses 4-8, we read about how God meets with Moses from a burning bush. God calls Moses to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land. Moses is reluctant as he didn't think he was the man for the job. He said things like "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh...", "I'm not very good with words" and "Lord, Please! Send anyone else". Moses was very fearful. We can see in the verses after in Exodus 4:10-17 that Moses was literally grasping at straws and letting God know the reasons as to why he wasn’t the right person to undertake what the Lord wanted. In our lives, we do the same where God calls us to do something for him and it doesn't correlate with the plans we've made for ourselves. Majority of us probably came up with excuses as to why we couldn’t do what he wanted us to do. It could range from being powerless, quiet, shy, and incompetent, not smart, not confident, basically any excuse. But God was persistent. Any question Moses had, he answered. We can do the same as well. We can ask God to clarify any questions we have and he urges us to do so in his word ("Ask and you shall receive....... Matthew 7:7).
Not one of us is excluded from being used by God irregardless of our background, where we are in life, failures etc. God can use anyone. Take solace in that. He also created us with purpose attached to us. He knew from our mother's womb who we were going to be in life, the potential we all possess within us and the great impact we can have in this world.
So what is the challenge today and everyday?
The Lord sets you a task. If he has placed something on your heart and you've been putting it off for whatever reason, I urge you as a friend in Christ to see it through. The devil wants us to stay where we are and he will use words, people, make you justify your reasoning with the little truth he’ll drop in and the rest of what he makes you believe are lies. You and I are part of the divine story of redemption. Even as God empowered Moses and other characters from the bible like Gideon, Deborah, Abraham and others to do unique things on his behalf in their generation, so you and I as part of His kingdom, have been commissioned to rise up in our own way to serve in our generation. We all have purpose and gifts which we have to use and share with the rest of the world. We are not small or meaningless even though the world and the devil loves to remind us that we are and we will amount to nothing. But we serve a living God, a divine God, a God that remains the same through the ages and he wants to journey with you and show you the world. He wants to use you to bring people to him but overall he wants you to know him. But only if you step out in front of the line and out of that zone. The opportunities are endless. We will probably not be leading people out of bondage or soldiers into battle. But no matter what God’s plan looks like in our lives within our spheres of influence, step out and you never know what that could lead to. We walk by faith, not by sight. Trust GOD whole-heartedly, love him, never doubt him, stand firm in what you believe. BE INTENTIONAL AND ASPIRE FOR MORE IN LIFE AND OF THE LORD. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
*This is not a post to scare you but rather to give you that nudge to obey God. You never know who is waiting for their blessing or encouragement from what God has placed on your heart to do.*