When the Lord commissioned Moses at the burning bush to go to Egypt and set His people free, Moses´ reaction was, “You´re kidding, Lord! I´m not prepared for something like that!” Then the Lord asks a simple question, “What have you got in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2) “Only the rod I use to corral my sheep!” Well, Moses had no idea what God could do through him when he put his shepherd´s rod at God´s disposal.
The Lord painted this same scenario over and over again throughout the Bible. When the widow asked the prophet for help, he responded with the key question, “What do you have in your house?” “One vessel and a little oil.” (2 Kings 4:2) What did David have in his hand against Goliath? A sling and 5 stones. (I Samuel 17:49) What was brought to Jesus when the multitude was so hungry? Five loaves and two fish. (Marks 14:16-20)
Have we felt that the Lord has challenged us to do something that seems way too big? We are tempted to try to convince God that we don’t meet the minimum requirements to accomplish what He is asking us to do. When the Lord brings obvious opportunities and lays out a clear plan as He did for Moses, He asks us, “What is that in your hand?” Moses´ rod, in the hands of God, became a significant part of his leadership. If we will put what we have at His disposal, and walk in obedience to His command, He can use the insignificant to help us fulfill His call and bring glory to His name.
Many of our students have the same problem. How do we motivate them to place their insecurities, or seemingly “insignificant talents” in God´s hands?
1. Become transparent and vulnerable. We can testify how our inadequacies in God´s hands become resources that He can use. God knows that only His power splits the sea in two, or fills every available vessel with oil, or slays the giant or feeds multiplied thousands of hungry people. We must be convinced and convince our students, too. “He who calls us is faithful, and He will do it.” (1 Thess. 5:14).
2. Our example will also be the teaching tool. As our students see that we can trust that He can “do far more than we can ask or even think according to his power at work in us.” (Eph. 3:20) they too, will dare to trust.
Bottom line — the same “I AM” promises us, “As I was with Moses, so will I be with you!” No kidding!