Be Realistic About Your Abilities – April 1, 2020

2020-04-01     

Be Realistic About Your Abilities

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3

God told Moses, ‘I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring…the Israelites out of Egypt’ (Exodus 3:10). But instead of thinking, ‘What an honor,’ Moses replied, ‘Who am I to lead the people?’ (Exodus 3:11). Moses’ upbringing as Pharaoh’s adopted grandson had prepared him for the job, but now he was in exile after killing an Egyptian. It’s easy to criticize Moses’ hesitancy, but Mark Roberts observes: ‘Wise leaders have a certain reluctance that comes from personal humility and taking seriously the responsibility of leadership…After all, God chose Moses knowing full well he’d be reluctant…God [could] have gone after someone with more self-confidence, but He didn’t…Consider how this scene might have been different if Moses had responded, “No problem, God. I’m your man…I’ve had years of experience in Pharaoh’s household!” Would someone with such abundant self-confidence have been right for the job? I doubt it. If our reluctance to lead comes from a realistic sense of our limitations and a genuine recognition of heavy responsibility…it positions us perfectly to have healthy confidence as a leader…Instead of listing Moses’ abilities and accomplishments, God simply said, “I will be with you” (v. 12).’ In other words, ‘I know you can’t do this alone, but I’ll be with you and that’s what matters.’ Paul writes, ‘Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you’ (Romans 12:3). It doesn’t matter how much you know or how many people follow you, the litmus test of leadership is operating in God’s strength, not your own. ‘The Kingdom of God is not just…talk; it is living by God’s power’ (1 Corinthians 4:20).

Prayer
Heavenly Father, without You I am limited by my own abilities. With You – there are no limits unless You place them there. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

One comment

  1. WOW. Wonderful Words Of Wisdom…I am living the Moses dream…When God called Bob to be a prophet for this generation, I feft like Moses felt…I was reluctant…When God called me to be a successor to Bill Graham…I felt like Moses felt. I have passed the litmus test. I can do all things with God who strengthens me. True humility for my life took from 1983 to 2019 after hundreds of rejections of the message and the messenger. A prophet is truly without honor. Please see the TRUE HAPPINESS PLAN.

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