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Who Am I?

"But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"   Exodus 3:11

 

When I was a high school basketball coach, I talked about focus a lot.  I wanted my players to be focused...focused on what was important during practice and during the game.  I wanted to focus on what I was saying to them and teaching them.  I wanted them to focus on each other and not the people yelling and jumping in the bleachers.  It is very easy to get distracted in practice and in a game.  And when you lose focus of what really matters, nothing good will happen.  Moses was called by God to be the deliverer of the Hebrews.  God was going to use His mighty hand to rescue the Hebrews, and He called Moses to be the leader of His great plan of redemption.  This must have been an overwhelmingly humble experience!  Moses responded to God's calling in his life with this statement: "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"  Moses understood that he was speaking with God.  He understood that God had an incredible plan of redemption.  Moses in his humility probably felt very small, even unworthy.  Sometimes, however, in our humility we can become very arrogant.  After hearing God speak and hearing God's plan, Moses took his focus off God and put the focus on himself.  In this moment he was more focused on what he COULD NOT do rather than being focused on what God COULD DO.  Even in our humility we can become arrogant without even knowing it.  Matt Chandler once said this about arrogance: "Many times an arrogant person thinks they are not weak, but many times an arrogant person thinks they are so weak that even God can't use them.  Some people are so full of themselves they think so little of themselves and think that God can't use them."  Wow!  I can relate to that statement in both ways.  There have been times when I thought I could do it all on my own...so full of myself!  There have been times when I thought I couldn't do anything because I was so weak...but again, so full of myself!  Moses had a focus problem.  He was standing before God on God's mountain, and instead of keeping his eyes on God, he put his eyes on himself.  However, God quickly got Moses' attention back.  God said to Moses in Exodus 3:12, "I will be with you.  And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain."  God made two promises to Moses in this passage: His personal, powerful presence and His personal, powerful victory!  God said, "I will be with you."  God said, "When you have brought the people out of Egypt," not "if you bring them out."  God guaranteed His presence and His victory.  

If you are a Christ follower, then God has called you by name!  He has called you unto Himself for salvation and for good works, which you were created to do.  He has called you to His plans and purposes for this life.  In your humility, do not belittle yourself or think so lowly of yourself that you also belittle God.  Remember who you are in Christ!  You are a child of God!  You are a joint heir with Christ to all that God possesses!  Remember who God is!  He is the Creator and Sustainer of all life!  He will equip you and empower you to do anything and everything He wants you to do.  He gives us the Holy Spirit to live inside us and guide us.  Keep your eyes on God.  Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith.  Your focus will make all the difference in your life!  Believe it!  Claim it!  Live it!

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