From 1946 to 1997—51 years—Mother Teresa served the poorest of the poor in India. She said God called her to care for them. When God met Moses at the burning bush, He called him to deliver his hurting people. In Exodus 3:7, God said, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians, and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land.” Moses tried to evade God’s call. He claimed he was unworthy to do the job. God assured him, “I will be with you.” God would make him worthy. Moses then protested that he did not know God’s name. God revealed his name as, “I AM THAT I AM,” meaning, “I am self-existing, self-sufficient, without any limitation—the same unchanging God who spoke to your ancestors.” To Moses’ objection that he could not speak well, God said, “take your brother Aaron with you.” Hurting people distressed God then and now. Not everyone will be a Moses, or even a Mother Teresa. But every child of God should have a passion for those who hurt, especially those of us who claim a relationship with God through faith in Christ. God’s Spirit gives us wisdom and power to help those who hurt.
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