Outside Your Gifting

I would only embarrass myself to get up

Exodus 4:1-31

Reference: “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.” Exodus‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: My sister will stand up and sing anywhere. She has an incredible voice and loves to use it to praise God.

If she was asked to stand up in front of thousands of people to sing, she would be filled with excited nervousness but would do it gladly. I, on the other hand, would not.

While I can hold a tune, I’m far from a soloist. I feel I would only embarrass myself to get up and sing in front of one person let alone thousands.

However, ask me to tell a story and I’d be happy to grab the microphone.

Application: We all have different gifts. Sometimes God call us to work within our gifting. Sometimes He doesn’t.

Moses is a great example of the variety of things God asks us to do.

While speaking to the Israelites terrified Moses, he didn’t hesitate to reach out and grab a snake. I can tell you I’d rather a million people to speak to before I was to touch that kind of reptile.

Living a God-centred life is not always easy. There are times when we feel super blessed and fulfilled and other times when we wonder why God would allow such hardship.

There are times we feel we’re working right in the zone of our expertise and other times when we feel way out of our comfort zone.

To fulfil God’s purpose and proclaim His kingdom brings diversity. That’s why it’s good to work as a community and be willing to step out of our comfort zones.

Prayer: Lord, most of us like to keep to the easy path. Your way is not always easy. May we have the courage to step out in faith to proclaim Your name. Amen.

Is there anything you would not do for God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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