Everybody, Somebody, Anybody – May 19th, 2014

Isaiah 6:1-3, 81In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple2Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Once upon a time, there were these four folks in a local church: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.  Whenever there was work to be done, especially an important job, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it even though Everybody was asked to do it. And the thing is, Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

As it was, When Nobody did it, Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody, or at least Somebody could, and should have done it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. So it ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.
As Christians attending the same local church, remember that wherever we have been placed, we have been brought together by the Holy Spirit to interact with each other in fellowship and to build up the Body of Christ, which is the church; the interaction with each other also signifies a preview of things to come when Jesus returns, and He will! 

You know, as a group, the approach taken by these four to solving problems show a lot about the character of those in the group and about the group itself. Incidentally, this also speaks highly of the quality, nature and type of upbringing and the training of the individuals composing this group of four found in the local church. From the outside, you just observe this four’s ways.
And observing their ways, finally, you are bound to ask of them, “Are they industrious? Are they hard working? Are they behaving like that because of a lack of resources? What is stopping them? Why is it that none was willing to do his or her part to help meet the need?”  And in the context of the setting, which is the local church, we know that they undoubtedly rested ultimately in the grace and the resources that God always supplies to His church so they’re well equipped.
While they were not expecting someone else to do it for them, it was expected that one of them would do it.
You see in the church, there are highly gifted people, young and old, some who are in training preparing for the ministry, some are lay people, and so on, but at worst, they never ever want to offer a helping hand in areas where they are gifted nor do they want to cover gaps that their gifts are designed to fill. You know, giftedness or talents can never ever replace integrity; do you know why? Because a godly, spiritual character is what is needed to authenticate the Christian’s message; it is what shows to the world that the message has already impacted the messenger.
How is it going at your church? How are you involved? Is there work to be done? When the pastor calls for help to clean the church building, are you there? Nobody always is; in fact, Nobody is first in line. When the deacon asks for help to visit the shut-in are you there? At least, Nobody shows up. What about when the elders call for Sunday School teachers, are you there? Nobody is bound to be there for sure. When there is a need to provide temporary abode for a visiting speaker, do you volunteer? For sure, Nobody is the most likely one to respond. So, what are your gifts being used for? Why leave Nobody alone to volunteer to do all the work?
At times I ask “Why is it that God has filled the church with Nobodies?” Sometimes, the church is in a way exactly like the military when it comes to volunteering (except that in the military if no one responds to a “request” for volunteers to undertake a task, you will be “volunteered” by your commander, whether you like it or not). But in the church, when the pastor calls for help with evangelism, Nobody is the one who reports for duty. And even in the matter of prayer, when there is a call for everyone to show up for prayer meeting, as usual or most of the time, Nobody is the only one who steps forward; sometimes Somebody shows up. So beloved, as this devotional closes, would you purpose in your heart that from now on, you will replace Nobody?
What is another of the key points of this story? Stop procrastinating. How refreshing it will be for our God to hear somebody say, “Here I am. Send me.”
Proposed prayer: Dear Father, I want to move away from procrastinating and away from not using my gifts to help others. I want to use my gifts and play my role in the church, to the benefit of the members, the building up of the Body, to society as a whole, and to Your glory. Please Holy Spirit, enable me in this desire, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The Lord will send you this week if you have said “Here I am; send me”; look for the opportunities and yes, have a wonderful week.

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