Summary: If you want to be all that God has called you to be, stop trusting in yourself and start trusting in God’s presence, in God’s person, and in God’s promises.
On a Saturday in November this last year, (November 5, 2011), University of Tennessee freshman Derrick Brodus was lying on the couch at his fraternity house, waiting for the Tennessee Volunteers football game to start at 7 P.M. Less than an hour before kickoff, Derrick fumbled for his cell phone as it began to ring. The voice on the other end told him a police escort was on its way to take him to the stadium immediately.
“I thought it was a dream,” Derrick said. “I was just lying on my couch relaxing, and I answer my phone, and they just tell me that I need to come to the stadium as soon as possible.”
Just minutes before that call, Tennessee backup kicker Chip Rhome pulled a muscle during pregame warm-ups. Starting kicker Michael Pardy was already out, injured in Thursday's practice. So one hour before kickoff, the Volunteers were out of kickers.
Derrick, a freshman, had tried out as a placekicker when he enrolled at Tennessee, but never made the team. Now, on that particular Saturday, Derrick was the Volunteers' only option.
Minutes after Derrick hung up his phone, the police escort arrived at the fraternity house to rush him to the stadium. The team's trainer stretched him in the locker room while he put on his pads and a jersey that didn't even have his name on the back.
Even so, Derrick made the most of his opportunity. He made all three of his extra point attempts and kicked a 21-yard field goal at the end of the first half. His team won 24-0.
Back in the locker room after the final whistle, the kicker who began the evening lying on the couch with a bag of chips was celebrated as the hero. The team cheered as Coach Dooley gave Derrick the game ball. (Graham Watson, “Tennessee grabs last-second kicker off his frat house couch,” Yahoo Sports, 11-8-11; www.PreachingToday.com)
Often that’s the way God works in our lives. We’re lying around when God calls us to get off the couch and to use our gifts for His kingdom.
That’s what happened to Moses. He spent 40 years living the simple life of a shepherd when all of a sudden he gets a call from God. If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Exodus 3, Exodus 3, where we see God calling Moses from his ordinary life into something extraordinary.
Exodus 3:1-6 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (NIV)