28th July 2019

Pick Me

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here I am. Send me!’”
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV UK)

“I need a volunteer.” Most of us have heard that phrase in the classroom, at a football practice, at work, or while in the audience of a speaker or lecturer. I remember the exuberance of some children in school whose hands would shoot up as soon as they heard the word volunteer. “Pick me! Pick me!”—not even knowing what they were volunteering for! As adults, we are often far more careful about volunteering.

What if God asked for a volunteer? How many of our hands would shoot up followed by, “Pick me!” or, said another way, “Here I am, Lord.” We see such a response in Acts 9. Acts 9 contains the story of Saul’s conversion. If you recall, Saul was persecuting Christians and was on the Road to Damascus when he was struck down and blinded by a great light. He then heard the question, ‘Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ Saul got up and was blinded for three days. Right in the middle of this story about Saul, we find an example of a “Here I am, Lord” response from a man named Ananias: “In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, ‘Ananias!’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ He answered” (Acts 9:10).

This response carries with it the sense of being ready and willing to do as the Lord asks. God then asked Ananias to go and lay hands on Saul so that his sight might be restored. But Ananias had heard of Saul. He said to the Lord: “I have heard many reports about this man, and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name” (Acts 9:13-14).

He had a “Here-I-am,-Lord” attitude, but he wanted to make sure he heard the message correctly. God assured Ananias that Saul was the one chosen to bring the gospel to the Gentiles. Ananias arose and did as he was asked. Because of his trust in God, Ananias had a “Pick me” attitude. As a result, Ananias joined Jesus in transforming Saul’s life to the apostle we know today, Paul.

Sometimes we feel God tugging at our heart to invite us to participate in his ministry. We don’t always know what we are getting ourselves into, but we can trust God because it’s his work. When we say “Pick me,” we are saying “Yes” to participating in his life, his love and his ministry to the world around us.

Prayer
Gracious heavenly Father, so often we stifle any call we may feel from you. Help us to be willing, to listen, and to be prepared to answer, any call on us you may make. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Greg Williams
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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