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In Humility Consider Others

iraq-soldierHoldingIraqiChild“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

We work in an organization of deliberate separation. We easily make decisions that affect others while only considering the way it affects us individually. We have little difficulty absolving ourselves of responsibility for our actions if at times those actions are most beneficial to our own personal desires.

If we pursue what is in our best interest, we cannot ignore the fact that what we do effects those around us. And while we might not always make popular decisions, we cannot turn away and simply say, “I have done no wrong,” or “I have done all I can.”

We have all made mistakes and we have all caused strife within our relationships, whether inadvertently or not. But we do not have to let circumstances lay, saying, “what’s done is done,” and seek to absolve ourselves of personal responsibility. Instead, we can go to our brother or sister and seek their forgiveness. For there comes a time when it does not matter who was wrong to begin with–as long as both harbor resentment there will be no peace.

Go And Lead

“Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say Exodus 4:12

Have you ever been given an assignment that you feel you’re totally unprepared or unable to do and look for every reason/excuse why you shouldn’t be the one to do it?  I think it’s safe to suggest we have all been that person at one time.

Did you know Moses was also that person? God called Moses to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt and Moses attempted to square off again God and refuse.

Here are the five reason Moses gave not to do what he had be selected for (have you ever said these to your CO, XO, employer etc…?)

  1. Who am I? You picked the wrong guy! Exodus 3:3-17  moses460
  2. The people forgot God’s name. (They won’t understand why I’m doing this) Exodus 3:13-22
  3. They won’t believe me or listen to me. Exodus 4:1-9
  4. I don’t speak well. Exodus 4:10-12
  5. Send someone else! (I’m not skilled enough) Exodus 4:13-17

Moses could not evade the responsibility that God had him for. God provided Moses the tools he needed, the words he used and a helper to assist him (Aaron).

We all know of Moses leading the Hebrew people out of Egypt and receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. He could have disappeared into history with no one ever knowing who he was, if left alone to his own lack of confidence but “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.” Acts 7:22

We’re not asked to be Moses but do we trust God enough to “go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say” in what we do or what we’ve been asked to do?