Or to put it differently: “Do you want our Lord to use you?”
I hope so, because that is His will for everyone who believes in Him.
In Ephesians 2:10 we read that “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them”.
This verse tells us, that the purpose of God is, that each one of us, who are created in Christ (born again), should do the good works which He has beforehand planned for us .
If you want to become useful to Him, there are three questions you need to ask yourself first.
1. Who is God?
In Exodus 3, the Lord used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention (v. 2), and then He introduced Himself as the God of Moses’ forefathers (v. 6).
Moses, the future liberator of the Hebrew slaves, logical reaction was that he, before even lifting a finger, needed to know who it was that was calling him.
In the same way, just like Moses, we too must know for sure, who it is whom we will be serving. Before even lifting a finger we want to be 100% sure that we’re serving the only true God. Otherwise, all our efforts and sacrifices will be in vain.
But once you are sure, and you got your “marching orders”, you can appear very stubborn to people around you, for you have only one goal, and that is to fulfill the orders exactly as said. You will also experience that people will try to let you do it just a little bit different. But you just can’t, because you know Who entrusted you with the task.
Whatever your task is, whatever you do, it will always come back to that same point. The task of Moses was to bring gods people to the promised land, so the message to the pharaoh was every time the same: “Let my people go”. He may have talked about other things, but in the end it came every time down to the same. “Let my people go”.
It did not matter what Pharaoh said, what Moses said was the word of god, and that was going to happen.
For me it is actually the same. I can speak about different subjects, but everytime again, it will come do the same message.
The same that John the Baptist brought,
the same that Jesus brought,
the same that the apostles brought,
Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!
And it doesn’t matter how people react, because the Kingdom of God IS Coming. They can only make it very difficult for themselves with a terrible ending, just like Pharaoh did.
When you know what God has for you to do, you will realize that you too, get the strength and the possibilities to fulfill that task.
2. Who am I ?
The moment Moses realized who God was, who called him, he was overwhelmed with his own inadequacy and asked, “Who am I?” (v. 11).
The Lord uses humble people who have reverence for Him.
Although Moses knew he was insufficient for the task, the Lord assured him by saying, “Certainly I will be with you” (v. 12). And oh, what a great thing that is..! To have God with us! (Meaning of the name Emmanuel)
I know that I’m actually a weak person, with different medical problems, although some say that I’m strong.
I know that I have nothing in myself that enables me to do, what I am doing. But I know that when I cannot, my God is able.
For you too counts that God will use you, when you are willing to humbly follow Him.
3. Why am I here?
God told Moses that his obedience to the assignment would culminate in worship (v. 12).
In Romans 12:1 (KJV) we read: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.
This verse tells us that it is our reasonable service to God, to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. In other words, to surrender us totally to Him so that He can use us for His glory.
We exist to glorify Him.
By the way we live, by the way speak, by the way we behave, and by the way we love.
Serving the Lord isn’t something that we design and plan.
It has nothing to do with our will, it is God’s will, but it requires that we are available to Him, that we know the Father, and submit to Him, humbly relying on His strength, to do His will, for His glory.