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Introduction

Brother Casey is a Franciscan friar who is using the wonders of YouTube to engage thousands of viewers. From blogging about his life as a friar to producing YouTube videos to communicate the gospel, Brother Casey seems to be committed to reaching people through modern media.

In the video below, Brother Casey asks the question, “Is God calling you?”

Watch

Reflect

  1. One of the questions the video asks is, “How can God use me?” In what ways has God used you?
  2. Read Exodus 3:1-15. How did God call Moses?
  3. Moses gives excuses why God should not call him. In the video, there were some excuses given as well. Make a list of these excuses and add to it with your own.
  4. Why do you we make excuses to God?
  5. What gifts or talents do you have?
  6. In the Exodus story, God tells Moses that he has heard the cries of his children. In what ways do you hear the cries of God’s children in your community?
  7. How can you use those gifts and talents to serve those whose cries you hear?
  8. In the video, Brother Casey says, “It’s not about us, it’s about who God is.” What do you think he means by that statement?
  9. Why does it take courage to answer God’s call?
  10. In what ways is God calling you?

Ponder

Moses’ call at the burning bush in Exodus 3 is on the classic call narratives. Many times when those who are exploring a call to ordained ministry are asked to share a Biblical story they relate to, they chose Moses. When we experience a call to ministry (ordained or otherwise), it is natural for our first response to be, “Who? Me?”

Moses makes a number of excuses, and despite each one, God does not waiver from the call. The same is true for us. When we are called, no matter how many excuses we make or how far we run, God does not give up on us.

We often are expecting God to appear in a burning bush that is not burning up. Something dramatic and in your face. But the truth is, God calls in the midst of everyday life.

Are we courageous and bold enough to say yes?

Pray

Lord, we confess that we have not always answered the call you place on our hearts, and we have not always heard the cries of your people. Forgive us. Open our hearts as you open our ears to hear your still small voice in the midst of our everyday lives. Amen.

Engage

Consider doing a spiritual gifts test. There is one online through the United Methodist Church. You may be surprised what you learn about yourself.

As a group, discuss the needs of those in your community. Discern together how you can meet those needs using the gifts within the group.