Send Someone Else

by Chris Lautsbaugh on May 10, 2014

Do you ever have days you wonder why God sent you?

You doubt in the dark what you knew in the light?
Questions about whether we are making an impact set in.
As you contemplate your next big endeavor, you feel like saying…

“Please, Not Me!”

You are in good company.

This is exactly the same response Moses had when God told him His plan of setting Israel free from slavery in Egypt.

When Moses was called, his response was less than stellar.

“Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’ (Exodus 4:1)

So God gives him some visual aids to convince the Egyptians (and Moses himself). He turned his staff to a snake and his hand leprous. God went so far as to even promise a future sign of the Nile turning to blood. All this is follows the calling at the burning bush!

What more do you need, Mo?

“They will not believe me or listen to my voice,”

Moses is the picture of reluctance.


“But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”  (Exodus 4:10-13)

Moses reminds God of his lack of qualifications.
He lists the reasons he cannot communicate to rulers of nations.
Should the exit appear, Moses is ready to head towards it.

“Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”

God reminds Moses who is in charge.

How many times do we feel as if we can not communicate well enough for the job?
After hours and hours of language class, do we feel like God sent the wrong person?
Upon giving yet another unproductive message, do we question our ability to speak in terms which change hearts and minds?

Perhaps Moses was struggling with unworthiness or guilt from his past. He did kill a man after all.

God doesn’t give Moses an exit plan, he holds him to it.

He does provide Moses with strategies, a partner in action, and more direction in accomplishing the mission.

Feeling overwhelmed or resistant is not reason for disqualification.

Rather, it puts you in good company.

God seems to like reluctant leaders. Moses, as he walked through his resistance, became one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen, leading a million people out of slavery.

This is especially true when God is calling us to something bigger than ourselves and our own abilities.

People who would be tempted to say “send someone else”, will tend to rely on God more than an over-confident, self-reliant individual.

Reluctance in leadership or in mission is often a sign we are in the right place! It means we realize the enormity of the task.

Photo By Dominik Martin

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About Chris Lautsbaugh

In missions for 20+ years currently in South Africa as a teacher and leadership coach. He serves side by side with wife, Lindsey, and two boys, Garett and Thabo. Blogs at on grace, leadership, and missions. Wrote Death of the Modern SuperHero:How Grace Breaks our Rules.
  • Thanks for this, Chris! I’m coming out of a month of pondering and praying about some ministry shifts, and the biggest thing that’s been weighing on me is the ENORMITY of the task. So I guess we move forward in confidence. Confidence in Him, the only One who is worthy. Thanks again, man!

  • Your words speak to my heart as well.

  • Marilyn Gardner

    Nicky Gumbel from the Alpha program gives a great example of this in one of the Alpha videos – I think it’s the How Does God Guide Us one. He talks about when first asked to be head vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London. He went on a walk with his son and this is what transpired: “I went for a long walk with one of my sons, Johnny, and Johnny asked me some questions. He said, `Do you feel ready to take on the role of being the vicar of HTB?’ So I said, `No, I don’t.’ And then he said—Johnny’s 21, so he’s not sort of reading theNarnia books normally, but he’s got an amazing memory!—he said, `In the Narniabooks, when Aslan asked Prince Caspian, “Are you ready to rule the kingdom of Narnia?” he says no. And Aslan says to him, “In that case, you are ready. If you’d said yes, you wouldn’t have been ready.”’ And that rang a bell with me, because ten years ago probably I would have felt ready, and I wouldn’t have been.So the second question he asked me was, `Do you feel too young or too old?’ And I feel too young because I feel inexperienced, but also I feel too old because I’m going grey and everybody’s so young! So I said, `I feel both.’ He said, `Does that suggest you might be the right age?’”

    He goes on to say more but the point is the same as your post. It’s easy to gloss over the flaws of those examples in scripture but when you look at them they were all so unqualified that it made them uniquely qualified. So all that to say Thanks Chris – for some of the things going on in my life right now this is a helpful reminder.

  • This is just what I needed today. I’m honored to be a part of God’s big plan, but I don’t feel ready.

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