Why Would Anyone Listen To Me?

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NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

 


Ken Desmarais was one of the first people at New Song Church
to make a clear decision to become Jesus’ disciple. He had no history with the
Lord prior and as he began to encounter Jesus, he was convinced to follow Him.

 

He would begin dating Leigh-Ann Lachine and they would
marry. They began having a family and got involved in serving at the church. In
those early years, we ran a series of elective courses that people could take
on a Sunday.

 

I asked Ken if he wanted to teach a class and he agreed
without any prior experience. As I sat in his teaching, he had a difficult time
getting to his point and mumbled a lot. His voice would trail off, he would
clear his throat and talk without a clear direction.

 

I remember sitting listening to him teach and felt the
strangest notion that I later shared with him. “Ken, have you ever thought
about taking Bible College courses and become a pastor?”
There was nothing
in his presentation that would suggest that he should do that, but I was
listening to what God was saying about him.

 

“Actually, I have been thinking about that. It’s strange
that you would say that.”

 

I went on to encourage him to respond to God’s call and he
did so. Today he pastors a church in Mactier, Ontario and speaks with authority
and confidence. God’s call in your life includes seeing things that you cannot.
The character of Jesus being formed in Ken spoke louder than the skills he had
yet to develop. Ken could go anywhere now and be God’s choice servant. He became confident and eloquent with practice.

 

If you doubt God’s choice of you, you will anticipate how
people will respond to your leadership. You will project your own insecurity
upon those that you are called to. Why would anyone listen to me? That is the
second excuse that Moses demonstrates.

 

You may recognize that something is taking shape inside you
toward a particular mission, but how do you know that it is not your own
insecurity trying to find some heroic significance? That’s a good question to
ponder.

 

You do not want to embark on some mission and hope that God
is in it. You want to know who is asking you to do this. And if you want that
certainty, what will you say to people that ask you why you’re doing this?

 

 

Exodus 3:

13 Moses
said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your
fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what
shall I tell them?”

14 God
said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I
am’
has sent me to you.”

 

 

If you are going to invoke the name of the God of your
fathers, they need to know that it is really Him. Up to this point, God has not
given Moses His Name. The response to Moses is to self-identify as ‘I Am’.

 

Who is God?’ people ask. ‘I Am’ is the reply. This
God is personal. It is in your obedience and alliance with God that people must
determine what God is doing through your relationship to them.

 

 

 

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