Willing to Serve
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Willing to Serve
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Some people want to be leaders and others are happy to work as part of a group. Perhaps you have experienced this at your school. You may know kids who like to lead and organize projects. Other kids like to take those suggestions and work with others to complete the project.
Our lesson today is about a man whom God chose to lead his people (the Israelites) out of Egypt. These people had not been treated well by the king. They had worked hard and suffered for a long time. Now God wanted someone to take charge and lead them out of Egypt where they would find a better place to live.
The story tells us that God spoke to Moses from a “burning bush.” You can imagine that this might have frightened Moses. “Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go…?'” (3:11). Moses didn’t feel qualified to do something like that. You may have felt the same way at one time or another and said: Why me!? I can’t do that.
God gave Moses this simple answer: “…I will be with you” (3:12).
Leaders do not need to have special powers, nor even special talents. They are often ordinary people who are willing to serve.
Here is a good example: Hannah Taylor is a girl who lives in Canada. When she was five years old she saw a man eating out of a garbage can on a cold winter day. This made her sad and she began to think about ways she could help.
By the time Hannah was eight she had started The Ladybug Foundation and she spoke to many groups about ways to help homeless people. Hannah was just a little girl, but she raised over two million dollars – that’s a lot of money – to provide food and shelter for people who are homeless. She saw a need, was willing to lead others, and together they did something that helped a lot of people.
If you see a need and want to help out, remember God’s words to Moses: “I will be with you.”
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan