2011-05-11 - We Are "Someone Else"
Richard and I were once walking, when we saw a downed power pole. We thought about calling the power company, but figured that since a crowd had gathered, "someone else had called." Well, apparently everyone else was thinking along the same lines, for in fact, no one else had called. An hour later, we called and discovered that our call was the first.
Aren't we often like that in life? You know how it is. We are asked and qualified to do something at church, but we decline, thinking "someone else will do it." (This is not meant to imply we should always say yes, just that we need to be open to God's urgings.) We know there is a point of view that is Biblical, but isn't being expressed in the media? but we don't write a "Letter to the Editor," because "someone else will do it."
We pass an accident or person in distress, but we don't call 911, because "someone else" will do it.
Sometimes, God expects US to be the "someone else" who will answer His callings whether it means giving to his missions work, or even going ourselves, or something else.
It's true that God will always send someone else. For example, our just God would never send someone to Hell because we didn't witness to them (who would worship a "god" so unjust?!). He will send someone else to lead the youth, sing in the choir etc. But we will rob ourselves of the joy and growth that comes via serving, and participating in God's Kingdom work, if we say "no" when we should say "yes."
What is God asking you to step forward and do?
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV) Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"