The Bible is full of stories of God calling people to do things they don’t want to do or things they don’t think they can do, but they turn out to be really good at them and things work out for the best. What is God calling you to do that you aren’t sure you can or want to do? What will you answer?
Read Exodus 3-4:17.
Bring a torch or something to represent fire; a picture of a friend or relative who helps you a lot and a staff or walking stick or other big stick.
Have you ever been asked to do something you really don’t want to do? How about something you are really bad at, but you’ve been asked to do it anyway? Who asked you to do it? Have you ever said â€œNo!â€, when you were asked to do something like that? What if God asked you to do it? Would you still say “No”?
The Bible is full of stories of God calling people to do things they don’t want to do or things they don’t think they can do. Today I'm going to talk about one of the most famous stories. [Use your props to help illustrate the story] You know, the one where God talks to Moses through a bush that is on fire, but not burning up? One day, while Moses was watching over his father-in-law's sheep, God set a bush on fire. No really. Then, when Moses came over to investigate, God talked to him through the bush. Can you imagine how weird that would be? If that weren't shocking enough, God asked Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt. What do you think you would say if God asked you to lead the people of your town to a new city to live? Do you think you could do it?
Moses couldn't believe what he was hearing. His answer was something like "You want me to do what?" So God patiently explained it again with more details. Moses was just sure God had made a mistake and he gave Him a lot of reasons why he wouldn't be good for the job: He was inexperienced; he was shy in front of crowds; He had a speech impediment, like a stutter or a lisp.
But, of course, God knew all of that and He had a solution for every single one of Moses’ objections. God told Moses he would be with him the whole time guiding him, so experience wasn’t necessary. He made arrangements to have Aaron travel with Moses to speak in front of the crowds, so his speech impediment wasn’t important. He gave him a staff that would perform signs so people would understand and believe - no reason to be shy. Moses was still unsure, but God said His decision was final, so Moses might as well get to work.
God was right - of course - Moses was the perfect person for the job. He went on to lead the Israelites to the promised land and in the process, they went from being slaves of another country, to being a great nation in their own right.
This week, I want you to think about what God is calling you to do. It may not be anything big, but I bet there is something He is asking of you. You are never too young to help God do His work.
Loving Father, we know that you have things you want us to do. Many of them are not big things, but some of them seem to us like we are not the right person for the job. Help us to trust in you and always say â€œYes!â€ when you call on us. In your name we pray. Amen.