Guatemala IX: Trusting to Answer God’s Call to Leadership


Are you in a position and opportunity of leadership from God? Use it. Embrace it. Honour God with it. Surrender to the Lord and God will equip and enable you to answer the unique call he is placing on your life. Don’t be self-centred and shrink back. Trust God!

—¿Y quién le puso la boca al hombre? —le respondió el Señor—. ¿Acaso no soy yo, el Señor, quien lo hace sordo o mudo, quien le da la vista o se la quita? 12 Anda, ponte en marcha, que yo te ayudaré a hablar y te diré lo que debas decir.
Exodo 4:11

1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?”

2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”

“A staff,” he replied.

3 The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 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. 5 “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.”

6 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.

7 “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.

8 Then the Lord said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second. 9 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.”

10 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.”

11 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? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
Exodus 4:1-13

When we are asked to take on leadership responsibilities, sometimes we lack the confidence to jump in and lead. I just saw this in Guatemala with some of the young men in the Forjanda Mi Manana program. They are often more quiet than the female students, and they take a backseat to those who are assertive to accept and respond to leadership opportunities.

Moses had a similar response to God’s call to leadership. What if they do not believe me? What if they don’t listen? What if they question my encounter with God? I am not a public speaker. Please send someone else.

No. There isn’t anyone else. What do you mean? There is a room full of people. There is a city full of potential candidates. Why me? Why does it have to be me?

I am convicted of two observations as I reflect upon this story. The first is that shrinking back from God’s call is self-centred and not God-centred. It is the antithesis of submission and surrender. When we refuse to respond to God’s call, we focus on ourselves and demonstrate a lack of trust in the Lord.

Who gave humans their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? It is the Lord, and God will equip and enable each of us to answer the call he places on our lives.

Again, there isn’t anyone else. When God calls you it is not because he couldn’t find anyone else. He could raise up leaders from the rocks on the ground. You see, he chose you. If you have the call of God to lead, there isn’t anyone else because God placed the call on you. The person next to you has their call. Answer yours. Do not delay.

Are you in a position and opportunity of leadership from God? Use it. Embrace it. Honour God with it. Surrender to the Lord and he will give you all you need to accomplish his call.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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