Monday, October 06, 2008
Current Study: People Who Made a Difference
Today’s Topic: Inadequacy
Today’s Scripture: Exodus 4:13-16 But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Then the LORD’S anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.
It happened in a small church during Vacation Bible School. The teacher says she will never forget what happened. Her class was interrupted on Wednesday about an hour before dismissal when a new student was brought in. The little boy had one arm missing, and since the class was almost over, she had no opportunity to learn any of the details about the cause or his state of adjustment. She was very nervous and afraid that one of the other children would comment on his handicap and embarrass him. There was no opportunity to caution them, so she proceeded as carefully as possible. As the class time came to a close, she began to relax. She asked the class to join her in their usual closing ceremony. “Let’s make our churches,” she said. “Fold your hands together. Here’s the church and here’s the steeple, open the doors and there’s…” The awful truth of her own actions struck her. The very thing she had feared that the children would do, she had done. As she stood there speechless, the little girl sitting next to the boy reached over with her left hand and placed it up to his right hand and said, “Davey, let’s make the church together.”
There isn’t one of us who doesn’t relate to feelings of inadequacy. I don’t even want to start trying to count the number of times I have backed away from an opportunity because of doubt and fear that I was not capable, just like Moses. But God has people prepared to step in and step up. People who will be strong where we are weak. People who will encourage us. People who will put their hands together with ours and accomplish the work of God.
God himself did that with each one of us when we were in our worst state of inadequacy. When we were incapable of changing the condition of our lives in relation to sin, God sent Jesus to step in for us and step up to the cross. Jesus became our eternal Advocate. He stands before the Father in heaven and continually represents us. (1 John 2:1) As a part of His advocacy program, He has sent His Spirit to dwell in us as our ever-present guide and helper. Just think, there is never a reason to feel inadequate, because the fullness of God dwells within us and empowers us to accomplish our unique purpose in the body of Christ. Because we have an Advocate we are adequate!
The VBS story told earlier is a great parable of how we are to come together in the Body of Christ as advocates for one another. Somewhere, probably closer to you than you think, is a person who feels inadequate. They feel handicapped. They feel unneeded. They feel unable to participate and contribute. You can make a difference. You are God’s advocate to them. And something amazing happens when you reach out to help them – you will find them helping you as well. Moses needed a spokesman. Aaron needed direction. Together they conquered a nation.
There’s no telling how much God can accomplish through people who get connected. Hearts will be made glad when people see you making a difference. Inadequacies will be overwhelmed by partnership. People will see and hear God.
So today, let’s change the statement of Moses by adding two words – “O Lord, please send someone else to do it with me.” Then be willing to be either Moses or Aaron. Together we can make a difference, because we have an Advocate who makes us adequate.