Buried Treasures

A couple of years ago, I wrote a short blog post called “There Be Treasures in them Beaches!” You may have thought, “Is he talking about buried pirate treasures?” Not quite. I was writing of the treasures found on the beaches of the Jersey Shore.

The article is written in 2010 and it was about viewing people as treasures to be desired. In other words, each person is of value in the sight of God and to others. The only real way to discover the hidden treasure is this. Go talk with them.  Continue reading “Buried Treasures”

I Am Not Qualified! Oh?

In Exodus 4, Moses is given the mission of a lifetime. The Father just told Moses, to go and deliver an important message to Pharaoh. The king of Egypt was to let the children of Israel go.  This is no small task that the Father gave Moses.  At first, Moses did ask some reasonable questions; however he wasn’t overjoyed with the coming mission.  Here is what Moses said:

10 Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” 11 The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? [Exodus 4:10-11]

I, for one don’t blame Moses for being scared and looking for a way out.  Only a fool would walk into Pharaoh’s court without God’s help. Did you notice how Moses try to list the reasons for not being qualified?  What did the LORD say about this?

12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” 13 But he said, “Please, Lord, now send the message by whomever You will.” [Exodus 4:12-13]

In the end, Moses did go into Egypt with the help of his brother, Aaron.  Though he was afraid and a poor speaker, Moses did do what God has asked him. I will leave you to read the rest of Exodus to learn what happened.

Today, it is very easy to say, “Moses is an exceptional case.”, “He had the right training.” or “He spoke great in that movie!”.  Truth is, there is nothing special about Moses.  He was an ordinary man, who did something extraordinary.  In the end, Moses trusted God to be right there, for him.

It is easy to fall into the trap of claiming, “I am not qualified!” I can certainly come up with a few for not writing these blog posts. However, this is not what my Father is asking me.  He is not asking about my qualifications.  It is my heart that God wants.  A heart that is open to what the Father wants to do.

It is worth noting Jesus told the disciples, something quite similar in Matt 28:19-20:

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Like Moses, these guys were ordinary people. There was nothing special about them.  What about you?  What is holding you back?  I know that fear can do a number on me.  Yet, I know that Jesus is with me; as He claimed.