The Big Ask

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Exodus 3:7-10

I will send you . . . (v. 10)

God’s mission is stunning, his call is daunting, and his task towers over our lives, but for some reason God chooses us. God told Moses, “I will send you.” God invited a shepherd to rescue his people from a king. There is a mystery in this story: if God can talk from a flaming plant, can’t he just wipe out Egypt in one cosmic sweep of his hand? Well, God did destroy Pharaoh and his army in dramatic fashion, but not before Moses acted. For reasons that still sometimes baffle us, God carries out his mission through human beings.

Just as daunting as confronting a pharaoh was God’s call to a virgin to give birth to a king. God could have rolled back the clouds to enter our world but instead he chose a small-town girl who was already engaged to give birth to the Savior of the world. God could have chosen renowned philosophers but instead picked uneducated fishermen to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. And similarly, God chooses you, too.

God still sees people all around the world who do not know him. God hears their cries of pain and sighs of sadness. God knows the suffering they endure and the injustice they bear. We might see a bit of this through the news, but God sees it all. We might demand of God, “What are you going to do about all this suffering?” But God whispers, “I will send you.” —Jon Opgenorth

Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me to be captured by the significance of your mission.