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no-substitutions-300x186Moses was uniquely prepared for eighty (80) years—placed in a basket, raised in a palace and hidden in a desert. All the effort used to ready Moses to free and lead the Israelite nation. So, imagine God’s irritation–after endless questions and excuses, Moses humbly declines his mission. God makes clear that it is simply not acceptable!

When we invited Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, he committed to transform us into his image. Part of that transformation involves preparation for service. Jesus said, “I came to the world to serve, not to be served.” Our transformation involves and includes selflessness and a servant’s heart.

God does not allow substitutions. We are called to follow the Lord. Often, we are uniquely prepared to minister to a certain group in a certain way; and our failure to pursue our mission causes a terrible void in the ability to effect cultural change. If we simply decline to embrace the mission, if we withdraw and maintain a religious piety and separation—then we miss the purpose for following him.

Moses was afraid he was not worthy or able to lead—He was right! The attitude that irritated God was–Moses feared he would have to free the people. God only called him to to be the vessel—God would do the work. God provided Moses the tools he needed to lead, including his brother—to be his mouth piece. Despite the assistance, God did not relieve Moses of his responsibility.  God neither relieves us of our responsibility.

We are given eternal life, but with it comes the responsibility to follow Him and allow him to make us the person he called us to be. The critical phrase is ´LORD and Savior”. Jesus does not do one without the other. Like Moses—we will tick God off by running away from the journey we have chosen. Help me, Lord to embrace the mission and journey set before me.

God Bless You

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

14 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17 But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”