Moses: “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Exodus 4:13
Gideon: “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me.” Judges 6:17
Jonah: Enough said
David: So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” 1 Samuel 16:11
Jeremiah: “O Sovereign Lord, I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” (Jeremiah 1:5,6).
The theme above regarding leadership… Don’t seek it out for your own personal gain and satisfaction. Even be reluctant at times. Instead make sure you’re seeking the Lord first.
“Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:4
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
“But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neighbor.” Galatians 6:4
“And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:15
The theme regarding competitive nature above…strive to be the best you can be instead of desiring to be better than others. Christ is your “measuring stick” not those around you.
The Consequence Of The Pursuit Of Self (Ignoring The Above Themes)
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty”. 1 Corinthians 1:27