Summary: A sermon about trusting and being used by God based on the call of Moses and the Parable of the Talents.
Exodus 3:1-12; 4:1-5, 10-13
By: Ken Sauer, Pastor Of East Ridge UMC, Chattanooga, TN www.eastridgeumc.com
“O Lord, Please Send Someone Else to Do It”
I’m sure many of us have heard people excuse themselves from upholding the church by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service and their witness by appealing to what they do not have…
… “I’m too old.”…
… “I’m too young.”…
… “I’m not educated.”…
… “I’m too busy.” …
… “I’m not good enough.”…
… “I could never do that.”
When God asked Moses to tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go, Moses used a number of phrases to complain about what he did not have:
“Who am I that I should go…?…
… “Suppose they do not believe me….”
… “I have never been eloquent…”
… “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
After listening to Moses’ complaints, God said to him:
“What is that in your hand?”
In essence, God was saying: “Moses, I am not interested in what you do not have; I am only interested in what you do have….reach out your hand…and certainly I will be with you.”
And that is the key, is it not?
“I will be with you.”
“I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
For years an army recruitment advertisement has been challenging young men and women to “Be all that you can be.”
As a Christian the challenge is: “Be all that God meant you to be!”
The call of Moses and the parable of the talents tells us that God creates and that God calls us to be co-workers for the unfolding of history.
And we are not alone in this endeavor.
But this does not mean that God does not invest in us and expect a return on that investment.
God provides us with all we need in order to fulfill God’s work.
“What about the fact that I am no speaker?” Moses asks.
And God points out that this is irrelevant.
Moses is called to be God’s servant.
Moses doesn’t have to come up with the message nor does Moses have to come up with the plans.
Moses only needs to repeat what God says, and lead by following and trusting in God and God alone!!!
Moses is not called by God on the basis of his experience, his past initiative or his leadership credentials.
What counts is God’s “I will be with you.”
And that is what God is saying to you and to me tonight!
In the parable of the talents, a man set out on a journey, entrusting his property to his servants.
He has put a lot in their hands.
It is important that we recognize from the outset that this man represents God.
It is God who owns the world.
We are His servants.
The word “talent” has come into our language from this parable.
Rather than money, however, it has come to mean abilities and special gifts.