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What’s Your Response When God Calls Your Name?

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Today’s Bible Reading: January 22

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Exodus 1-3

Matthew 15:21-39

What’s Your Response When God Calls Your Name?

When God calls your name, do you feel not right for the part?

One day Charlie Brown was talking to his friend Linus about the pervasive sense of inadequacy he feels all the time. Charlie moaned, “You see, Linus, it goes all the way back to the beginning. The moment I was born and set foot on the stage of life they took one look at me and said, “Not right for the part.” (Peanuts) What is your response when God calls your name for a God-sized task? Perhaps you think about all the mistakes you’ve made in your life. Or maybe you’ve had people speak negative words into your mind like Charlie Brown – or maybe you perceived such words about yourself. But if you’ve said to God, “Who am I that I should go?” You’re not alone.

When God calls your name do you have an identity crisis?

When God called Moses’ name from the burning bush with a job for him, Moses had a true identity crisis. Despite the fact that from the moment of his birth God was setting him aside and preparing him for this exact moment of history, when God called his name, Moses questioned God and said, “Who am I that I should go?” He felt as if He was not right for the part that God wanted him to play.

As we read Moses’ story in the Bible, we might look at his life and see God at work and God’s plan for Moses. But we get to read about Moses in a few pages of the Bible. Moses, however, was living his life from day to day – just as we do. We don’t get to fast-forward to the end of life and put all of life’s pieces together and see how God has orchestrated events in our lives so that they all make sense. We just have to live today, learn from yesterday, and trust God in His will and His plan for our lives.

When God calls your name, you can know your the right person for the task

When God calls your name, you do not need to have an identity crisis. You are not the sum of your mistakes. You are not what other people say about you. Nor are You are what you say about you. Instead, remember that you are who He says you are. You are chosen. You are loved. And you are a child of God. You are gifted and empowered by God. And you can know you are the right person for the task when God calls your name. After all, He is an omniscient God, so it would be impossible for Him to make a mistake. If He called you, then you are the one to go. So stop questioning Him and giving Him excuses for why the eternal, omnipotent and omniscient God chose the wrong person.

Key Events in Moses’ life that led up to the burning bush experience

For Moses, however, let’s look at the key events in his life that led to this burning bush moment where God calls Him out from shepherding sheep to shepherding God’s chosen people.

  • Moses’ mother placed baby Moses in a basket and set it in the river to save his life
  • Pharaoh’s daughter discovers him and raises him as her own child which makes him royalty and gives him the right to stand before Pharaoh
  • He grows up in the palace to learn court etiquette and Egyptian government and politics that he would need to know in order to stand before Pharaoh to petition the freedom of the Israelites
  • He kills an Egyptian task-master which sends him fleeing from Egypt and he begins shepherding sheep
  • While a shepherd, Moses gains the experiences he needs to to Shepherd God’s chosen people and he learns to wait on God.
  • He has a burning bush experience where God calls Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

Do you wish for a burning bush experience when God calls your name?

Have you ever wished for a burning bush experience? I have. It would make things so much easier sometimes if God spoke from a bush and just told me what He wanted me to do.  But in Moses’ burning bush experience, he questions God about whether or not he’s the right person for the job. Remember that Moses had fled Egypt because he was wanted for murder of an Egyptian task-master. Perhaps this was the moment in his life that he was thinking about that caused him to ask God, “Who am I that I should go?” He knew he messed up and now, why would God choose him? If he went back to Egypt, was he still a wanted man?

When God calls your name, you are the perfect person for the task

When God calls us to a task, don’t we often ask the same question? “Who am I that you would send me?” We start listing our perceived failures and telling God all the reasons that He should choose someone else. We never stop to take the time to look back in our lives on those very experiences that were “failures” to see how God might have been growing and equipping us for just this moment.

If the God of the universe and the creator of the world who is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful) is calling your name, then He certainly knows your failures, your strengths, your weaknesses…and they all are perfectly in line for the task to which He is calling you. In fact, those very experiences you are questioning – the ones you see as failures – are the ones God has been using you to equip you, prepare you, and train you for what He is now asking you to do. So change your question: “Who am I that you would send me?” to a statement: “Here I am Lord, send me!” If He’s calling you, then you are the perfect person for the job.

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