Moses said, "Oh come on now! Be sensible! I'm a terrible speaker. They'd never listen to me." And God said, "Oh for crying out loud! OK, I'll use your brother to help with the speaking." And Moses led God's people out of disintegration.
Jonah said, "Oh come on now! Be sensible! Not me! I'm not the type." And after a rather unexpected vacation in a fish, just thinking things over, he talked to God's people and led them God's way- even though he wasn't happy about it.
And Zacharias said, "Oh come on now! Be sensible! Not me! My wife and I are too old to have any kids." And God said, "Oh shut up!" And he did shut up- for nine months. And John was born, and the way for the Christ opened up.
And I heard a child say
"I can't serve God, I'm too young."
And I heard a boy say
"I can't serve God, I'm not good enough."
And I hear a woman say
"I can't serve God I'm not skilled enough."
And I heard a man say
"I can't serve God I'm not pure enough."
I wonder if God ever gets any new problems...
The great songwriter Mary Rice Hopkins wrote "Create in me a clean heart, oh God, that I might serve You." My prayer on this day of worship echos her words. May God open our eyes and our hearts to what He has in store for each of us.
Because of Jesus,