We all make excuses for why we don’t do what God calls us to:
We just don’t have time to really get to know our neighbors so we can love them well. We simply don’t have any extra money to give to those who can’t afford a meal to eat (and can we really trust them to use the money wisely?). We would share our faith with our co-worker, but honestly, they would just reject it anyway. And serving our local church community? We would, but we aren’t really very good at the things they need help with right now…and did I mention how busy we are?
We make excuses everyday for not being the kind of people God has called us to be. I don’t think we often even realize we are doing it. The worst part of it all is we have come to believe so many of the excuses. We buy into the notion that we would do more if we weren’t so busy, all the while choosing to be busy. And we definitely have a problem believing that there must be someone better suited for the task than we are.
Moses had the same problem.
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 ? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” Exodus 4:10-13
So gripped with fear of his on inability and the task being given him Moses makes objection after objection throughout Exodus 3 and 4. Finally culminating in his cry of desperation, “Lord, please! Send ANYONE else.”
Anyone? Moses feels so paralyzed by fear and so certain of his inability that he is sure anyone else would be a better choice. As if God does not know who it is that he is calling. As if God needs a little help with understanding who he is speaking to. Moses runs through the reasons of no one will believe you appeared to me, no will care because I am a nobody, I don’t speak very well, and then the final pleading for God to send anyone else.
And God, in all his graciousness alleviates fears, gives signs and wonders, encourages Moses, and eventually gives in and sends someone else. But he sends this someone else with Moses. God loves Moses too much to just let him off the hook. To just let him go on believing that he isn’t good enough and shouldn’t be chosen.
God loves Moses too much NOT to send him.
Why do we make excuses for the things God calls us to do? Are we just lazy? Do we not want to follow him well? Are we afraid? Have we bought into the lie that we are not good enough?
Whatever the reason God will keep calling. He loves us too much not to send us. Of course, we can keep making excuses. We can keep being too busy, too unsure, too unqualified, too uninterested. Or we can accept the opportunities and go where God calls us. Even if the calling is just across the street to bring liberating love to a lonely neighbor. Or just across the living room…