Do not read that as an emphasis on ego. Think of it as a question you ask to God … as a recognition that you are not good enough, equipped enough, smart enough, or whatever enough you feel you lack.
That was Moses’ question to God in Exodus 3. In fact, Moses made a whole lot of excuses about why it couldn’t be “ME?”
Moses was thrilled God had heard, seen, and understood His people’s sufferings. After all, those sufferings are what got Moses run out of Egypt and sent him chasing woolies in the wilderness for 40 years. So when God said He was coming to deliver His people, Moses’ heart must have skipped a beat or two with excitement. But when God said the way He was coming down to deliver His people was through Moses, well, let’s just say Moses’ heart stopped and his stuttering began.
“ME? No way!” And then the questions and excuses began.
- “Who am I that I should go?” (3:11)
- “What is Your name? Who should I say has sent me?” (3:13)
- “Why would the people believe you sent me to deliver them?” (4:1)
- “Where will I get the ability to lead since I can’t speak very well?” (4:10)
- “Why don’t you just pick someone else?” (4:13)
So what is God asking you to do?
Why do you keep answering, “ME?”
Admit it: you’ve been wondering, “Why doesn’t somebody do something?” So maybe you are that “somebody” — for more on this see my Heartlight.org piece this week and also look at Rubel Shelly’s article called “Mercy”!
And for those who are church leaders, let’s quit saying “ME?” and get back to building churches the way Jesus wanted them built. See Frances Chan’s convicting article, “The Comfortable Substitute!”
“ME?” To which God says, “Absolutely, you betcha, get on with it!”