An effective leader should possess at least 3 qualities: knows what to do, knows how to do it, and has the ability to influence others. What happens when you’re called for a task and can’t credit your résuméwith any of these items?
2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
When Moses was called to trade his crown in for a staff he protested 5 times:
1. Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt? (Exodus 3:11)
2. If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,” they will ask me, “What is his name?” Then what should I tell them? (Exodus 3:13)
3. What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, “The Lord never appeared to you.”? (Exodus 4:1)
4. O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled. (Exodus 4:10)
5. Lord, please! Send anyone else. (Exodus 4:13)
This gives us insight on how to not doubt ourselves or God’s decision to call on us. My favorite response to all of his excuses was when God asked this rhetorical question in Exodus 4:11, “Who makes a person’s mouth?” Surely your creator knows what you are capable of. It is only your job to be willing.
Don’t beat around the bush or in Moses’ case the burning bush. Realize that the work you must do is so much more important than any insecurity you may have about yourself. Have you had any “but God” moments? Instead of saying, “but God, I can’t,” start saying, “but God, you can.” Maybe your grades weren’t so good in high school, yet you were accepted into college. But God! Maybe you’re struggling from paycheck to paycheck, yet all of your bills are paid. But God! Maybe you were supposed to die in that car accident, yet you’re still here alive and well to tell the story. But God!
Moses was a stuttering, hot-tempered, murderer. Moses couldn’t, but God could. God used him for greatness. His faith and obedience affected an entire nation of people. He also authored the first five books of the Bible. Who needs a résumé when you’ve got a cover letter like that?