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Excerpt from Pastor Parsons' article: Who Am I, Lord?

 

Who Am I, Lord?


When God called Moses from the depths of the burning bush, that was Moses’ response? “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) God was calling Moses to do something quite extraordinary, to be a leader for the nation of Israel, to deliver that nation from the hands of slavery by standing up before Pharaoh and demanding that he release them, and to lead them in the ways of the LORD.

Moses did not feel qualified to do anything so grand. He made many objections. “What if they ask me who sent me?” “I can’t speak before so many people.” “I can’t stand before Pharaoh and make demands.” “What if the people don’t listen to me?” “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

No matter how many objections Moses gave, the LORD would not take “No” for an answer. He as-sured Moses that he could do that task for which he was called because he wouldn’t be doing it alone. First, in answer to some of Moses’ objections, God promised that Aaron would help him speak the message he re-ceived from the LORD. Second, God gave all assurance that this was the work of the LORD, that this was his message to the people. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israel-ites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ Say to the Israelites, ‘the LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14-15)

He is the same God, the same LORD, throughout all generations, and he has prepared Moses for the task to which he called him. The same is true for you. How often have you asked yourself, “Who am I, Lord, that I should . . . ?” Or even a slightly different focus on this question: “Lord, what can I do?”

Have you ever wondered what role you play in the Church? Or do you wonder if you even have a role in the Church, other than someone who comes to worship? Do you wonder if what you do is as important as the task someone else fulfills? “I can’t speak as eloquently.” “I can’t help the physical, laborious tasks.” “I simply can’t do what so-and-so can do for the Church.” “What’s my role?”
These are the kinds of questions that plague us and make us feel insignificant in the work we do for the kingdom of heaven. But you are not insignificant. God has granted you your own gifts and abilities, and he has blessed you with the ability to carry them out. These gifts look so different from person to person, but the work God calls us to do and has enabled us to do is just as important as that of the next person. A hymn we used recently in worship addresses this point so beautifully.

Christian Worship Hymn 573, “Hark! the Voice of Jesus Crying”.

1  Hark! the voice of Jesus crying, “Who will go and work today?

Fields are ripe and harvests waiting; Who will bear the sheaves away?”

Loud and long the Master calleth; Rich reward he offers thee.

Who will answer, gladly saying, “Here am I—send me, send me”?

 

2  If you cannot speak like angels, If you cannot preach like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus; You can say he died for all.

If you cannot rouse the wicked With the Judgment’s dread alarms,

You can lead the little children To the Savior’s waiting arms.

 

3  If you cannot be a watchman, Standing high on Zion’s wall,

Pointing out the path to heaven, Off’ring life and peace to all,

With your prayers and with your off’rings You can do what God demands;

You can be like faithful Aaron, Holding up the prophet’s hands.

 

4  Let none hear you idly saying, “There is nothing I can do,”

While the multitudes are dying, And the Master calls for you.

Take the task he gives you gladly; Let his work your pleasure be.

Answer quickly when he calleth, “Here am I—send me, send me!”

Every “little” thing counts. I put “little” in quotations marks, because what we often view as insignificant means so much more in the work of the kingdom of heaven. I’ve often heard, “All I can do is pray,” and “I do enjoy giving my offering,” but I also hear, “I can’t do anything else.” If this is “all you can do,” then you are doing plenty! Just as the hymn-writer wrote, “With your prayers and with your off’rings You can do what God demands; You can be like faithful Aa-ron, Holding up the prophet’s hands.” (vs. 3)

In battle, Moses had to hold his staff over his head as a sign that the LORD was with the Israelites and would not leave their side. He could not do that alone. His brother Aaron and another servant of the LORD held up Moses’ hands to ensure victory for the people. It is the same in our service to the LORD. The Pastor can’t do it alone. The council can’t do it alone. We are a body of believers working together to accomplish the task our Savior gives us, and that is done especially on the wings of prayer and with the offerings given to support the ministries we work to fulfill. May God help each of us to realize that we are significant in his kingdom, and may he continue to guide us in the work he has given to us. Amen

In Christ,
Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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