God gave us human capacities to be the person He wants us to be

Pastor Jeff Struecker

This week, billions of people worldwide are preparing their hearts for good Friday and Easter Sunday. And by God’s grand plan, we take the concept of what it means to be a human one big step forward.

We’ve been talking about human beings and who we are, and how God has made us for the last several weeks. And starting today, for the next several weeks, we’re going to talk about human capacities.

How God gave humans some abilities or capacities, that’s why it’s called human capacities. I want to take you way back in time. We’re going to go way back to the old testament. We’re going to go back to a time when there was a guy named Moses, who was a shepherd. He was living out in the field with his father-in-law’s sheep, just taking care of his sheep, doing his thing. Suddenly, Moses saw a bush burning, and it caught his attention because the bush didn’t get consumed. It was on fire, but it didn’t burn up, prompting Moses to check it out.

God speaks to him, and gives Moses some instructions. There’s a very specific response that God gives to Moses that I think will help us better understand these capacities. God gives humans our ability to reason and do other things.

But I also want us to remember that God gives us these capacities, gifts, and abilities that separate us from the animal world and all other creations for a purpose, and he expects us to use them for that purpose.

So picture in your mind for just a second that Moses goes up the mountain, sees the burning bush, and hears God’s voice. God said, “Moses, you’re going to become my voice to Egypt and go talk to Pharaoh. You’re going to become my voice and talk to Israel.”

If you’re smart like Moses, you will do what Moses did. Moses said “God, you got the wrong guy. I’m not strong. I’m not eloquent. I don’t have a good vocabulary. In fact, I don’t even want to do it.” This is basically what Moses was saying to God in Exodus chapter four.

I’m painting this whole background picture so that you can hear how God responds to Moses because I think sometimes I get to the point where I know that the Lord has prompted me to say something to somebody, and then I choose not to do it.

I know the Lord is prompting me to do something for somebody, and I forget or decide not to do it. And maybe learning from Moses at this moment will remind me or remind you of the human capacities that God gives us.

So here is God’s response to Moses found in Exodus 4:11.

Memory Verse

Now, while this verse is fresh in your memory, I just want to point out a couple of things about this. Because what God is saying is, “Moses, the reason why human beings have a mouth in the first place is because I gave them a mouth. You have ears and eyes because I gave you ears and eyes. I created humans so that they could see, hear, and speak. Moses, I also gave you that mouth for a purpose, and now I want you to use your mouth for the purpose for which I gave it to you. I want you to be my voice.”

If you know the rest of the story, Moses still decides, “God, I don’t want to do this. I know it’s going to be difficult. God, pick somebody else up.”

God doesn’t let Moses off the hook, and Moses becomes one of the greatest spokesmen or voices for God of all time.

Now I’m going to ask you a very powerful question based on what we just heard from Exodus 4:11. I want you to place yourself where Moses is and hear God saying, “I gave you a mouth, and I want you to use your mouth to speak on my behalf to other people.”

And this week on holy week, chances are you have friends and neighbors who are not in the habit of going to church. Maybe they don’t know Jesus, or they’re far from him.

God has given you a mouth, and maybe this week, he’s given you the opportunity to use your words to point them to Jesus.
I’m going to put a question below, and what I’d like for you to do is think honestly and answer the question honestly as an honest family discussion about this question.

A Challenge

I want you to answer honestly before the Lord how your words built other people up or honored him glorified him or how they didn’t.