Just Ordinary People

My husband and I host a small group in our home on Wednesday nights and tonight we started a new study by Steven Furtick called Sun Stand Still. We were asked to talk about a vision that God has given each of us for our lives, which Steven Furtick refers to as the "Page 23 Vision". (If you want to know why...you really should read the book. :)) One of the guys in our group shared his "Page 23 Vision" and at the end he said something that just tugged at my heart...something I knew needed to turn into a blog post. He said, "but, God should've picked someone a lot brighter than me".

It really spoke to me so strongly because just this morning I was reading Exodus 3 & 4. Moses is tending sheep and God appears to him in a burning bush. (How cool would that be?!) God gets his attention and then tells Moses that He has chosen him to lead the Israelites out of captivity. Of course Moses, who is a shepherd, is thinking what so many of us think when God asks us to do something huge for him..."God, me? Are you sure? " It says in Exodus 3:11-12 (NLT) "But Moses protested to God, 'Who am I to appear before Pharoah? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?' God answered, 'I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.'"

Moses goes on to argue with God and gives him his list of reasons as to why he is definitely not the man for this monumental task and God continues to affirm him. Exodus 4:10-11 (NLT) "But Moses pleaded with the Lord, 'O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.' Then the Lord asked Moses, 'Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord?'"

How many times does God asks us to do something and yet we give Him a list of reasons why we definitely shouldn't be chosen? For me, some of the things I've said are "But, God, I break out in these awful red splotches when I speak", "But, God, I'm more of an introvert, you really should use someone who is louder than I am", "But, God, I don't have a perfect past like so and so"...."But, God".... I mean, I seriously can come up with a list all day long about why I'm not suited for the job & can certainly find the perfect person that God must have mistaken me for.

BUT, the amazing thing about God is He always chooses ordinary people, who in man's eyes aren't always qualified, but in His eyes are the perfect candidates to do something extraordinary. It's not because of who we are, but it's all about who He is! He wants to use us to reveal His power working through us. He loves to use the ordinary to accomplish His purposes...to accomplish the extraordinary so that ultimately He can be seen. It absolutely overwhelms me that He allows us to participate in His plan...in His story. Isn't that just amazing to you? If not, it should be.

The fact is, it's up to us if we will allow Him to use us for His glory, just like Moses did or just like the guy in our small group is. Will we continue to deny what He's asking us to do and give Him our list of excuses, or will we obey and trust that He sees something that we cannot see? Despite what Moses thought about himself, God used him to deliver the Israelites out of slavery. Despite what our friend in small group thinks about himself...God has chosen to use him in tremendous ways. Despite what I think about myself, the insecurities & fears I face...He still chooses to use me. And...He wants to use you too.

We are just ordinary people who serve an extraordinary God. Simply amazing.


Eric said…
i'm really excited now to start "sun stand still" with thrive now! insecurity is a huge thing for writers but there are moments of validation that make it very rewarding also. very cool to hear your thoughts on it :)

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