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What’s in your hand?

When God told Moses that He would use him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses balked at the idea. In fact, he asked God, who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? (Exodus 3). He didn’t believe the people would accept that he was really sent by God. God quickly resolved that by telling him what to say and giving him some signs to perform.

The first sign God had him perform was to use what was in his hand, his rod which became a snake when he threw it on the ground (Exodus 4: 1-5). Moses’ focus was on who he is, his abilities and not on God’s capabilities.

We’re often guilty of this too. We focus on our inadequacies and forget that all God needs is a willing vessel through which He can do His work.

God can use the little that we possess to bring to pass great things. Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that, God can do immeasurably more than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works within us.

We don’t need to possess much

When God has a purpose for us to complete, it is not about what we can do but what He can do through us. It is not through our strength that whatever He is requesting of us, or the paths that He is leading us through will be advanced. All He needs is an instrument that is willing to be used by Him.

In fact, Paul tells us that we should delight in our perceived weakness because it is through them that God’s strength is revealed. When we work for Him despite of our weaknesses, it becomes clear to others that a greater power is at work within us, because they know that the extraordinary that we do is not out of our capabilities but God’s abilities.

God demonstrates time and time again that He can work with what we consider to be limitations, whether it is Moses and his speech difficulties, Gideon and his insecurities or Esther and her timidity.

Paul puts it this way in (1 Corinthians 1:26-31), Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are.

God has many ways of accomplishing His plans:

He is a God of power and ingenuity. He enables us through the Holy Spirit to do what He wants us to do. The spirit He has given us is one of power not weakness (2 Tim. 1:7 NIV). He has blessed us in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3 NIV). He is able to line up resources that we need to accomplish anything that He has given us to do.

Joseph Jordan in his book, Moses, A Life Study And Commentary: Outstanding Men Of the Bible, helps us understand how God equips us by saying “In these verses we are told that two men, Oholiab and Bezalel, were called by God to His service.  God said that He had filled them with His spirit, in wisdom, understanding and knowledge and in all manner of workmanship. How wonderful it must have been for these men to be filled with God’s spirit and set aside in their occupations to work for the Lord in His special service; providing exquisite workmanship in the building of His tabernacle and dwelling place”.

All He needs is a willing vessel

He needs people that are willing to surrender their lives to Him and are prepared to reflect His nature in all they do. Someone that is willing to live a life of purpose, being conscious of the fact that our existence on this earth is a precurscor to something greater and we should be living in a way that demonstrates that we understand this and want to partake of this eternal life.

D. L. Moody reminds us that, “It is a question if any man on the face of the earth has ever been converted, without God using some human instrument, in some way. God could easily convert men without us; but that is not His way” To The Work! To The Work! Exhortations to Christians by Dwight Lyman Moody

What we bring to the table is not so much of a big deal. What is important is that we allow God to use us to His honor and glory. That we surrender our selfish desires and allow Him to have His way in our lives.

Prayer: Lord I thank you that in your eyes what I possess doesn’t matter. What I bring to the table is irrelevant. Lord I thank you that you can use the little that I have to do great things. I surrender all that I am to you to use as you see fit, in Jesus’ name, amen

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