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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 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!”

Written by phil

November 20th, 2009 at 10:45 am

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  1. EXACTLY. We all SAY we want the church Jesus built, but when it comes right down to it, we want the kind of church WE like. The first church wasn’t a building, it wasn’t an organization, it wasn’t entertaining – it was FAMILY! Brothers and sisters taking care of one another. A group of people of all walks of life, all ages – a diversity that would shame us today – who gave up EVERYTHING so that no one else in the group would suffer or be in want. All this because they knew the ONE who gave up everything so that we could one day be with Him!

    Linda Hoeck

    20 Nov 09 at 11:47 am

  2. Hi Linda, I’am Gayle. I just want to say that I like what your comment is all about. It would probably shame us all…We must do better. Thanks again for your input.


    24 Nov 09 at 1:07 pm

  3. Gayle,

    Thanks for you thought – but please know that every thing I write is written first to myself. I always try to give every “sermon” to myself first, then to others (we leave ourselves wide open when we try to teach others, don’t we 🙂 – I’m really hard on myself knowing this). It is human to want what WE want and not what God wants. We all have to work hard to mold ourselves to Him; thankfully, if we can ask Him and He enables us to do it!

    Linda Hoeck

    7 Dec 09 at 2:22 pm

  4. Gayle,

    Shows the need for proofreading! That last sentence should be, “We all have to work hard to mold ourselves to Him; thankfully we can ask Him and He enables us to do it!”

    Linda Hoeck

    7 Dec 09 at 2:26 pm

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