As I think about the goals and desires of Lehman Avenue as it relates to the Great Commission, the words unqualified, inadequate, and incompetent come to mind when I think about my part in obeying that command. The work of a Christian can certainly seem overwhelming if we let it (2 Cor. 2:16). I am reminded of what Moses experienced when God called to him from the burning bush (Exod. 3:1-12). God had a great task for Moses. God was going to use him to lead his people out of bondage and into the promised land. However, all Moses could see was his human weakness and his frailty. Moses complained that the people would not listen to him, that he could not speak well, and finally he ask God to send someone else in his place (Exod. 4:1-13).
One thing that stands out in the story with Moses at the burning bush is that God never asked Moses for his qualifications to perform the task at hand. God said, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt” (Exod. 3:10). God was assuring Moses of his presence and was not focusing on Moses’ limitations.
Moses eventually understood that if he went alone he would not be able to lead the children of Israel anywhere. Moses was incapable of performing the task at hand alone; he needed God’s help. As God stood with him he would be able to complete the job. It is very easy for us to get caught up in all of the things that we can and cannot do. We would do well to remember that the work of spreading the gospel to all is God’s work and with him all things are possible (Lk. 1:37).
There are great things happening here at Lehman Avenue and I am thankful for all of you and the work you’re doing. Your efforts are clearly visible, and the fruit of your labor is evident. I want to encourage you to continue to spread the good news to this community. God is already blessing our efforts abundantly and I believe he will continue to do so (1 Cor. 3:6-9). We are the hands and feet of the Lord on this earth, and he will not fail us (Matt. 28:20). With God’s help we are qualified, we are adequate, and we are competent servants!