I’m reading Exodus 4 and Moses – one of the major ancient Patriarchs of Faith – says to God, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Exodus 4:13.
What? God had heard the cries of his people and he chose Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and Moses replies, “Send someone else?” Moses went through the whole burning bush experience and he still says “Send someone else?”
Do I ever do this?
I think one of the areas that many of us will ask God “Please send someone else” is when God gives us an opportunity to share our faith and share our story. “Oh, I’m not sure what to say.” “We might get into a complicated conversation and I won’t have the answers.”
“There is someone else who would be better at this than me.”
Not true. No one is better qualified than you to tell your story of how Jesus has saved you. All believers are called to be witnesses of what God has done in their lives. All of us. Not just Billy Graham or your pastors.
I love it when people around me start asking spiritual questions because that means God is moving in their lives. He is opening their eyes and softening their hearts – making them think about him. Even if the person expresses their searching aggressively like, “How could you possibly believe this stuff?”, God is moving in their brain, stirring things up.
By the way, I have to smile when someone tells me they are not ‘into organized religion’ because then I tell them I’m not, either. But I’m totally into having a personal relationship with God. And God is very clear in his Word that part of having a relationship with him is also having relationships with other Christians – a spiritual family. These spiritual families can meet anywhere – not just in church buildings. My closest spiritual families through the years have been my Bible study small groups. I am in one now that meets Monday nights and another that meets Thursday nights. I am also still a part of one that has been meeting at 6 am on Thursday mornings for over 20 years. Family.
When people around you or me show any type of interest in God or ask any kind of question, that is God inviting us to show his love to this person, be a witness to what God has done in our life and plant a seed. We can be authentic when we don’t know all the answers and admit we’re on the journey of faith ourselves – seeking God and growing in our knowledge and love for him. That’s where faith comes in – believing and trusting even when we don’t understand it all.
So the next time someone around one of us starts talking about ‘spirituality’ or God, let’s share a short, recent story about an experience we have had with God, trusting that the Holy Spirit will give us the right words. God will be pleased and he will bless our efforts.
Let’s not say, “Please send someone else.”
Please help us be faithful witnesses to your power and grace and love, Abba Father.