Campus Life

On the Heart: Pick an Answer

By Brandon Knight

In Exodus 3 and 4, God calls Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Moses was not totally sold on the idea on leading the people out of Egypt and tried to come up with excuses for why God should choose another to do handle that responsibility. First Moses said, “Who am I that I should go before Pharaoh and lead the people out of Egypt?” God told Moses that He would be with him. Then Moses questioned: if the people ask what is God’s name, what should he answer, and God said I AM WHO I AM. God goes on to say that He will reveal His power through plagues to convince Pharaoh to release them. Moses said, “What if Israel does not listen to me?” God showed His power to Moses by turning his rod into a serpent and then back again, and then God turned Moses’s hand leprous and then back again. Moses said that he was not eloquent in speech, but God said He would give him the words to speak. Finally, Moses asked if God would just send someone else. God got angry and said that his brother Aaron would go with him to speak for Moses.

Skip ahead to First Samuel. In chapter 3 the Lord calls out to Samuel who was a little kid at this point. Each time God would call Samuel, he would get up and go to Eli and say, “Here am I, for you called me.” Eli sent Samuel back to bed. After this happened a third time, Eli figured out that it was God calling Samuel and told him the next time he heard the voice to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.” The Lord called Samuel a fourth time and Samuel said, “Speak Lord for your servant hears.” Then the Lord gave Samuel a message for Eli and his family.

Finally, look at Isaiah 6. After King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on His throne. In the holy presence of God, Isaiah realized he was unclean; but a seraphim touched his tongue and made his lips clean. Then God asked, “Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?” Isaiah quickly responded, “Here am I! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

These are three examples of people answering God’s call to serve Him: Moses needed to be prodded but he eventually went, Samuel misunderstood who was calling him but eventually answered God, and when God asked for someone to be sent, Isaiah jumped up and said, “Pick me, God!” If we look at the New Testament, we see that whenever Jesus called one of His disciples, for example James and John, they left what they were doing and followed after Him (Mark 1:19, 20).

When God calls, He wants us to answer Him. We have all been called by God to do something: whether it be a professor, an RA, a Growth Group Leader, or a worker at Alpha dining, or just a faithful friend and roommate. We are all here because we are looking to major in a degree that will help us reach our desired profession: businessman, graphic design artist, counselor, missionary, or teacher.

Christians are called to be in service to God. The Great Commission is not just for missionaries, and pastors are not the only people who can talk about Jesus; there are no conditions or exclusions in Matthew 28:16-20. Whether you get that dream job or you end up doing something else, realize that this is where God has called you to serve Him. Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light to the world, again there are no exclusions; all the followers of Jesus have the responsibility to be light in this dark world.

The question is, how are you answering God’s call? Are you jumping up and saying, “I’ll do it!” like Isaiah? Are you trying to find ways to maybe get out of what God is calling you to do like Moses? Or are you like Samuel and need to be directed by a wiser person in the faith to seek the Lord’s will for your life? Whereever you are and whatever you are doing, let your light shine before everyone so that people will see your works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt .5:16). Answer God’s call and be a witness to the lost world whereever God puts you.