Qualified For Service

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh

God’s call on any of us is a weighty reality, and it is a good thing that we exert ourselves for the advancement of his kingdom.  I find that there are two common responses of my heart as I labor for the Lord.

First, when God blesses the work of our hands, it is far too easy to take pride in ourselves, and not give all the glory to the God who made it all possible in the first place.

Second, we can falsely believe that accomplishing the work depends on US – our effort, our energy, our strengths, and our talents.  If we can’t get it together, if we can’t figure it out, it isn’t going to get done.

It is the latter that I feel most often on Saturday mornings – this morning – as I move toward writing the manuscript for the Sunday sermon.  Enter the Word of the Lord ::

He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.  (Ps. 105:26)

John Calvin comments ::

…Psalm 105:26 is basically saying: God sent Moses and Aaron, his servants, not because of their intrinsic fitness or because they spontaneously offered their service to God, but because God chose them.

This passage teaches us that those who are engaged in active and useful service for the church are not exclusively qualified for it by their own exertions or by their own talents, but are stirred by God to serve.

Moses was a man of heroic virtue, but in himself, he was nothing.  Accordingly, the psalmist would say all that is accounted worthy of remembering in Moses as well as Aaron is to be ascribed to God alone.

Whatever men do for the welfare of the church, they owe the power of doing so to God, who, of his free goodness, has been pleased thus to honor them.

Such truths are cause for great humility, and extended thanksgiving.

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