Have you ever been asked by God to lead something much bigger then your leadership capacity can handle? Any Christ follower that is hearing from God has experienced these moments- feelings of vulnerability and fear of the unknown. I know I have. As leaders, we love the idea of taking on a bigger challenge until the challenge comes and meets our reality. How are we, as leaders, supposed to respond to the prompting of God? Are we allowed to be nervous? Are we allowed to question? What should our posture be as we respond to God? I think exodus 4 gives us some insight in to what God is asking of us when he calls us to something BIG. The passage you are about to read is Moses’ response to the graceful calling of God to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt. Check it out.
Exodus 4:1-3 NIV
“Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”…
God spoke to Moses’ unbelief and gave him one question and one comment. He asked Moses, “What do you have in your hand?“. Then God says, “Throw what you have on the ground.” In other words, God was saying, “If you are willing to let go of what you have and do what I have commanded you to do, then I will perform miracles in your sight and it will be clear that I have called you and that I am with you.” I believe the same applies with us today! Too many leaders approach challenges and the calling of God with pride. They look at the obstacles in front of them and think , “I have to do this for God.” But God never asked us to overcome our challenges FOR him, He asked us to overcome our challenges WITH him. There is nothing that will distance us from God faster than pride (James 4:6). The truth is very few leaders are willing to lay down what they have in exchange for the unknown that God has for them. They have a tough time living by faith and not by sight and they fail to remember that their leadership and their activity are seeds for God to use. Seeds are only powerful when they are surrendered from the hand and planted in the garden. Moses approached his major leadership call with a posture of humility and an attitude of obedience. As a result, God blessed him for it. My prayer is that we can do the same.