August 19, 2018 | Dr. Chuck Kelley
Passage: Exodus 3:1-4:29
I Am Not a Leader Because It Is Not My Ambition.
"But Moses said to God, 'Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?' And God said, 'I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.'" — Exodus 3:11-12
Moses: Who Am I?
God: I AM the One who Gets It Done!
Leadership is an assignment, not a goal.
I Am Not a Leader Because No One Thinks I Am a Leader.
"Moses said to God, 'Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?' God said to Moses, 'I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.'’ God also said to Moses, 'Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ 'This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.'" — Exodus 3:13-15
Moses: Who Are You?
God: I AM Who I Am! The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Leadership is about faithful following, not personal planning.
I Am Not a Leader Because I Don't Know How To Be Impressive.
"Moses answered, 'What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?' Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied. The Lord said, 'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, 'Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.' So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. 'This,' said the Lord, 'is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.' Then the Lord said, 'Put your hand inside your cloak.' So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. 'Now put it back into your cloak,' he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh. Then the Lord said, 'If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.'”
Moses: Why should they believe?
God: Evidence is my specialty!
Leadership is a function, not a position.
I Am Not A Leader Because My Weaknesses Are Greater Than My Strength.
"Moses said to the Lord, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.' The Lord said to him, 'Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.'”
Moses: I am a poor speaker.
God: I made your mouth!
Leadership is a willingness to be humiliated, not an eagerness to be exalted.
I Am Not A Leader Because Other People Are Better Leaders Than Me.
"But Moses said, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.' 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 he will be glad to see 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. But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.'” — Exodus 4:13-17
Moses: Send someone more qualified.
God: You will not be alone or inadequate.
Leadership is about God's power, not my capacities.
Bottom Line: God Is Able If I Am Willing!
"Then Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, 'Let me return to my own people in Egypt to see if any of them are still alive.'” — Exodus 4:18