Each week during our summer message series, Wonder Women: Female Heroes of the Bible, we highlight a male figure in the life of our feminine champions. This week’s man is Moses.
Today, we focused on four women who preserved the life of Moses. Through their courage and faithfulness, they were instrumental in preparing him for God’s plan to lead the Israelite nation out of slavery and form God’s chosen people. But when we look closely at Moses’ own story, we see that he needed a lot of encouragement not to become a stumbling block himself to God’s plan (Exodus 3-4).
“Who am I that I should . . . lead the Israelites out of Egypt?” (3:11)
Do you hear yourself saying these words?: “Who me? I’m just an ordinary person.” All of us are God’s children. There is no one who is just an “ordinary person.” We are all special and great in the eyes of God. God’s reply to Moses was: “I will be with you” (v.12). When God calls us, he remains with us. You are called to mission and ministry in the Church. God wants you, and he will always be with you.
“But . . . suppose they will not believe me, [or] listen to my plea?” (4:1)
Do you hear yourself saying these words?: “Am I credible? Am I worthy?” God calls us to reflect his power, not our own intelligence or abilities. God’s reply to Moses was an instruction to perform three signs by turning a staff into a serpent, normal skin into leprous, and water into blood. All these signs and wonders were given to Moses for people to believe in God. You are called to mission and ministry. God wants to show his presence and love through the miracles you can work in everyday life.
“I have never been eloquent; . . . I am slow of speech and tongue.” (4:10)
Do you hear yourself saying these words?: “I don’t have the talent for that.” God does not call us because of our abilities but because of our availability. Once we make ourselves available, God gives us the abilities to fulfill his plan. Indeed, God does not call the qualified; he qualifies the called. God’s reply to Moses was: “It is I who will assist you in speaking and will teach you what you are to say.” You are called to mission and ministry. Say “yes” to God, and the Lord will assist and equip you.
“If you please Lord, send someone else.” (4:13)
Do you hear yourself saying these words?: “Call someone else.” The Lord chose you for a purpose. You may not understand the reason, but he chose you. Each one of us has a calling from God, for everyone was created for a purpose. God’s reply to Moses was that Aaron would accompany him as a spokesman. Each one of us has a special role. You are called to mission and ministry, because your particular contribution is yours to fulfill. Your vocation is non-transferrable.
Saint Brendan Church in San Francisco. Check out our exciting featured news articles.