“And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11).
God, speaking from a burning bush, calls Moses to bring His people Israel out of many years of Egyptian bondage. Moses, of course, makes many excuses and gives a regular response in an honor-shame culture, but God’s command stands and Moses does what he is told.
Moses, though, did ask a good question: “Who am I?” At this point, he was 80 years old and had been in the desert for 40 years, tending sheep. He murdered an Egyptian 40 years earlier and ran for it! Then, in God’s timing, 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 within him that could justify his calling from God.
And this is exactly what God was looking for. Moses was humble and had a proper perspective of himself, though he had an anger problem and made excuses. Throughout the Bible, we see God calling men and women to serve Him:
- Think of Noah, who had the huge task to build the Ark.
- Think of Abraham, who was often indecisive.
- Think of Jonah, the rebellious prophet.
- Think of Kings David and Hezekiah, flawed men who were great kings.
- Think of Hannah or Mary, humble women of God.
- Think of Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul.
- Think of Peter, who denied Jesus three times.
- Think of James, the brother of Jesus, who didn’t believe in Him until after the Resurrection and became the leader in the Assembly in Jerusalem.
Many more examples can be given of people of different ages, from different backgrounds, and different genders, both Jew and Gentile, whom God called to serve Him for His glory. Read Hebrews 11 for more of a glimpse of this.
What does this mean for you?
God Can Use You!
It means that despite your imperfections, weaknesses, education or lack thereof, finances or lack thereof, cultural background, or family situation, God can call you to Himself and use you for His glory! You may ask the same question Moses did, “Who am I?” The answer is, “You are no one.” You may not like it, but it’s true. None of us are anything special.
While God does not need us for anything, He calls us by His grace 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 (Ephesians 2:10)! What could give you more hope and purpose than that!
No matter what you struggle with, God has given you victory in Christ, and while you will sin, He will still use you. You may say, “I have nothing to offer God.” Nobody does! When you recognize that all is by God’s grace, you will become a willing servant whom God will equip, and you will fulfill the calling He has for you.
Despite who and what you are or aren’t – like Moses – God can and will use you for His glory! The question is, are we willing?