30th August 2014

Let Someone Else Do It

“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.’”
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV UK) 

A common unspoken attitude is, I don’t have to do…. (fill in the blank) because someone else will.

And yes, I know. I do it too. But I’ve noticed I’m often the ‘someone else’. When my kids were teenagers, I opted to stop travelling and stay at home so that I could be with them. While my husband travelled, chores I might have put on the ‘honey-do’ list often couldn’t wait for him to come home, so I had to do them.

Many times I’ve been ‘the someone else’. When an opportunity arose, such as speaking or working with women’s ministry, I would look over my shoulder to see who else might be available only to realise that I was the only one standing there. I didn’t always want to, but I jumped in, sometimes not knowing what I was getting myself into.

Several biblical characters tried to hand off their calling to someone else, but it didn’t work. Moses came up with some good excuses. Gideon wondered if God really was talking to him. Mighty warrior? Not me! Jonah tried to run away, but the fish was faster. Each of them became ‘the someone else’ he hoped would do the job.

When Jesus came to earth as a baby, he wasn’t just someone else; he was the only one who could do what needed to be done. This sinful world needed “God with us”. No one else could heal the sick and calm the storms. No one else could move the crowds with his words and feed them with a basket of fish. No one else could fulfil each and every one of the prophecies of the Old Testament. Jesus knew why he came to earth, but he prayed in the garden for his Father to take the cup from him. He did add, “if you are willing,” and prayed not his will but his Father’s will be done. Jesus knew no one else could take his place on the cross. There was no ‘someone else’ whose blood could cleanse the sins of humanity.

Being a Christian often requires us to be the responsible one, the one who stands up and says, “I’ll do it!” Jesus calls on us to be someone who will answer his call and fulfil the royal law of love to him and our brothers and sisters.

Let’s stop looking around for someone else and do what needs to be done.

Prayer
Merciful Father, our human limitations and weaknesses hobble us in your service daily. Help us to recognise that with you working in us, all things are possible. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Tammy Tkach

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tammytkachAbout the Author:
Tammy Tkach is the wife of Grace Communion President, Joseph Tkach, and resides in California, USA.  Tammy is GCI Women’s Ministry Support Co-Ordinator and editor of Connections, an ezine for women in ministry.

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