Who Are You To Be Used By God?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” – Exodus 3:11

In my reading today I read a scripture that I have read many times in the 45 years of being a Christ Follower.  But as I read this verse today for some reason I was stopped in my tracks, so to speak.  Those words, ‘Who am I that I should go?’

who-am-iWho am I?  Well, I am a husband, a Dad, a brother, a son, a friend to others, a teacher, a leader in ministry.  But what is this question really asking?  Is it asking about my character?  About my attitude?  What kind of work I do?  I don’t think so.  I think it goes much deeper.

Moses was responding as most of us do feeling as if he was a nobody.  But look at who God uses.  King Saul was a man helping his father on the farm, looking for his dad’s donkeys when God chose him to be the first king of Israel.  David was a shepherd boy on his dad’s farm when God chose him to be the second king of Israel.  Nehemiah was a cupbearer for the king of Persia when God gave him the burden to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  Peter, James, and John were fishermen when Jesus called them to follow him.  Matthew was a tax collector.

And we could go on.  The woman at the well didn’t have a good reputation yet God used her to become a missionary in her Samaritan town.  Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho when God used her to rescue the Israelite spies and she become an ancestor to Jesus.

So who are you?  You are a creation of God.  He created you for a purpose.  Never think of yourself as someone that can never make a difference.  Yes, you may never be famous and you may never have your story told in a way that will last for centuries – even a couple of millenniums.   But you can make a difference.

What is the burden God has placed on your heart.  Has that developed into a passion.  This may be what God is wanting you to do.  To reach out and make a difference and bring glory to His name through the work He is moving you towards.  Don’t deny it.  Don’t say ‘Who am I that I should go?!’