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Summary: . Have you felt that perhaps God was calling you to serve Him in some specific way, perhaps as a missionary, a pastor, or some other calling? Have you hesitated because you assume that God just couldn’t be calling you?

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You must have the wrong person!

Exodus 3:11-4:12

Preached Sunday Morning May 4, 2003

Introduction:

God knows exactly what He is doing when He puts His hand upon someone, choosing that person for service. Have you felt that perhaps God was calling you to serve Him in some specific way, perhaps as a missionary, a pastor, or some other calling? Have you hesitated because you assume that God just couldn’t be calling you? Perhaps you have been convinced that you are too old… or perhaps you are sure that you do not have enough talent, or you are not outgoing enough. When the Lord pricks your heart during missions conferences you respond by telling Him that He must have the wrong person.

Reasoning like this causes people to miss God’s best for their lives. Some people in this church no doubt have been burdened to come out soul winning, but are convinced that they are not to ones to be involved with that ministry. Perhaps there are some who should be teaching Sunday School, but remain on the sidelines because they do not really believe that God can use them.

Moses put up quite a fuss when God called him to lead the people of Israel out of captivity. We will learn much about human nature and about God’s calling as we study Moses’ response to God’s call. "You must have the wrong person!"

I. Who am I, anyway?

Exodus 3:11-12

11 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? 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

A. A sinner saved by grace!

1 Timothy 1:15

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

B. God’s chosen vessel.

1. God has made you who you are.

1 Corinthians 15:10

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

2. God has promised to be with His chosen vessel.

Joshua 1:5

5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

3. God has sent you.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

4. Don’t be afraid.

Proverbs 29:25

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

II. Who are you?

Exodus 3:13-15

13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.


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