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Who Am I to Accomplish Anything of Value?

      By Fern Horst

"And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And [God] said, Certainly I will be with thee." (Exodus 3:11-12a)

Have you ever wondered what your life is all about? Others' lives seem more purposeful, perhaps. It's evident that a pastor is called to minister to a congregation, for instance, or that a married couple with children has the job of raising their family for Christ.

But as a single person without a spouse and perhaps without children, it may be tempting to look at one's life as not all that important, or as not equipped to do anything of importance. It's easy to ask such questions as, "Who am I, that I should accomplish anything of value?"

Moses asked something similar when God asked him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt I don't know all the reasons that Moses thought he was unqualified, but whatever they were, God's answer to him was, "I will be with you."

When God calls us to do something - anything - He will always be with us to guide and equip us. We may think we need something we don't have, like an education or money or a spouse. But if God calls us without supplying those things, we can be sure that what He has equipped us with is enough.

God may call us to "big" things in His Kingdom - becoming a speaker, a pastor, a missionary, or starting a ministry. Or He may call us to many seemingly "little" things in the midst of what may seem to be a very ordinary life. When God calls us to befriend a neighbor child, to listen to a co-worker, to lead a Bible study, to help a neighbor carry a heavy piece of furniture, to smile at the clerk at the grocery store - He is calling us to embody Christ to others. Jesus said that when we minister to others, we are ministering to Him. What could be more important than ministering to Christ?

Tomorrow morning when you wake up, instead of looking at the day as another mundane series of hours doing the same old thing, ask God expectantly to show you throughout the day what He has called you to in that moment. Ask Him to make you aware of those opportunities as they happen. Whether it is helping out a co-worker who is stressed with his work load, or befriending the sad-looking lady at the laundromat, we encounter many different opportunities to minister to others and to be Christ to those who need Him.

God's promise to you as you face each day is, "Certainly I will be with you." And with Him we can do anything He asks us to do.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

© 2008 Fern Horst

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