“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?’” Exodus 3:11
Every Christian is called to serve God in some way. But like Moses, we tend to get caught up in our own weaknesses. When God told Moses to go and talk to Pharaoh, Moses basically said, “I can’t do that.” Sound familiar? At some point, we’re all guilty of thinking about our inadequacies instead of God’s sufficiency. So, how do you get out of your own head and get over yourself?
First, accept your weaknesses from the start. “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Corinthians 1:26–27).
You see, God isn’t depending on our abilities. His work is driven by His presence and His strength. He told Moses, “Certainly I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). And Philippians 4:13 encourages us, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” If we could do it on our own, then we would get the praise for our service. But when we step out in obedience, despite our weaknesses, there’s no other explanation but God. And He alone gets the glory.
God reminded Moses that He—the Creator—made Moses exactly as he was (Exodus 4:10-11). His inadequacies, and even his infirmities, were not a mistake. It’s one thing to recognize our weaknesses; it’s another thing to use them as an excuse for disobedience. Like Moses, becoming the person God designed you to be starts with one step of obedience, followed by another. In other words, God often equips us while we’re obeying Him—not before.
God has called you with full knowledge of who you are and what you’re capable of when you trust Him. But you won’t learn what you can actually do in His strength until you stop making excuses. You can be obedient where you are today, and trust God to take you where He wants you to be. Remember, He isn’t looking for fearless servants, just faithful ones. So, get over yourself and take the first step!