In keeping with this week’s theme of how our dreams and our life callings are directly tied to Jesus I was thinking about the story in Exodus chapter 17 where God tells Moses that as long as his staff is raised the Israelites will win the battle against the Amalekites.
By this time God has shown Moses that He is in control – having already demonstrated his power over the staff by turning it into a serpent then back into a staff. As a Sheppard, the staff would have been an important tool in the daily life of Moses – part of his calling.
I think the lesson here is that by using what Moses already knew God used him and allowed him to be a blessing to God’s people. God did not ask Moses to go to school – not that going would be wrong, to start a business or learn new skills – that’s the BIG take away for this.
God used the skills that Moses already possessed – the skills he’d spent his life developing. Moses had no idea that his whole life had been his training ground – his seminary.
Now, look at where you are in life. The head of a multibillion dollar a year company or just a lowly father who is living paycheck to paycheck? God can use you. Do you run an international fashion design company or a local children’s ministry? God can use you.
God can use you – right where you are. You just have to let him.
We – and by “we” I mean ME – often limit God by assuming that He could never use us – “me” – because “all I do is make copies” or “I am just a school teacher” but this kind of thinking plays into Satan’s hands and not into God’s plan.
We hamstring ourselves and our mission when we don’t use the skills and abilities God has blessed us with and nurtured our whole lives.
Please don’t misunderstand, if you work in child care I am not saying go raise a baby to the sky to see what God can accomplish and if you’re a car sales man – well, if you can pick a car up over your head – brother, call me because I want to see that!
The point is we – again, me – must take full advantage of being available to God in the moment we’re living – right now.