Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
Ex 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Ex 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Ex 3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
Ex 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Ex 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Ex 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.
Moses was starting out his day just like many days have been over the last 40 years. But God turned it into a life-changing, extraordinary day. At what must have seemed like the most unlikely time and the most peculiar place, God and His grace appeared. Moses' purpose for living, his attitude toward God, and his direction in life, all changed in that moment when he said, "I will turn aside."
In the Book of Judges, a man named Gideon is having an ordinary day just trying to hide from the enemy and thrash out a little food. God shows up and says, "Thou mighty man of valor."
In the Book of 1st Samuel, a shepherd boy name David is having an ordinary day when the servant of the Lord shows up and anoints him to be a king.
We could talk of Saul on the road to Damascus in Acts chapter 9 or Simon Peter cleaning his nets.
The point is that our Lord shows up in unlikely places and transforms unlikely people into instruments for His purpose. Ordinary days become extraordinary and ordinary people are given extraordinary lives.
Did you come here today thinking you would have just another ordinary church service? You never know.
Let me share a little story with you.
It was in Colchester England on January 6th. It was bitter cold and biting snow kept most of the worshippers at home. At the Primitive Methodist Chapel about a dozen had shown up.
When the pastor did not arrive, an ordinary man rose and spoke from Isaiah 45:22: Let all the world look to me for salvation, for I am God there is no other.
The saints dispersed thinking the service a loss, not realizing that a 15 year old had ducked in to escape the cold and hearing the Scripture had been converted.
Years later that boy, Charles Spurgeon, wrote: "Don't hold back because you can't preach in St. Paul's. You can cook in a small pot as well as a big one. Little pigeons carry great messages."
God still moves in ordinary lives. He still uses ordinary people and ordinary things, but He causes them to become extraordinary.
Moses' rod was an ordinary shepherd's rod, but it became the Rod of God.
In the New Testament it was an ordinary boy who gave the Lord 5 loaves of ordinary bread and 2 ordinary fish. Jesus received it, broke it, and fed over 5,000 people and after all had eaten their fill, they gathered up 12 baskets of leftovers.
D. L. Moody once said, "Moses spent 40 years thinking he was somebody, 40 years learning he was nobody, and 40 years discovering what God can do with a nobody."
We are all nobodys without Christ. God isn't interested as much in your ability as He is your availability.
Our Lord is still using ordinary people to produce extraordinary things. He is still using the unlikely.
So many times we limit ourselves and in a sense limit God. Many of our limitations started as a thought or an imagination.
Imaginations can build up into strongholds of fear or misinformation.
Let me show you a Scripture that Paul wrote to the Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Notice that, without stopping, when Paul talked about strongholds he named imaginations and thoughts.
Our greatest limitations are those we create in our own mind by not casting down thoughts that are contrary to God's Word.
Luke 1:37 says, For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Moses' brain immediately began to tell him why he couldn't do what God had called him to do: He had a speech problem, no one would believe him, ect.
Gideon started right out with his reasons why he was the wrong one.
But, bless God, the Apostle Paul got the revelation. He said in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
The people we have talked about today had an encounter with God and their lives were changed forever, because they heard the call and obeyed the Words.
In verse 11 of our opening text, Moses asks the question, "Who am I?" (Ex. 3:11) In verse 12, God answers, "Certainly I will be with thee."
In Judges 6:15, Gideon says, "My family is poor and I am the least in my family." In verse 16, God answers, "Surely I will be with you."
Summed up in 6 words is God's plan for your success: Surely I will be with you.
God has always given His people assigments that are too big for them, so that a watching world can see, not what we can do, but what God can do. And God has something extraordinary planned for you and me to do. The key is our willingness to be used by God.
My advice is: Make a fresh dedication today, and when God interrupts your ordinary day, be like Isaiah and say, "Here am I, Lord, send me."