Isaiah 6:8 is, for me, one of the most powerful verses in the entire Bible, saying “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
This verse can and should be an inspiration to everyone who reads it to serve the Kingdom of God in any way possible, instead of just thinking about what we want God to give us. When God asks “who can we send” to do the work of the Kingdom, EVERY ONE OF US should stand up and say, “here I am, send me!”
I’m saying this to EVERYONE, including myself.
It is absolutely appropriate to ask God to give us the things we need in this life. We all need help in many ways, whether it’s for physical health and healing, financial provision, or whatever. But we should also be thinking about things we can do for Him, about things we can GIVE Him.
To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, ‘ask not what God can do for you, as what you can do for God’ because someday we’ll all stand before the Throne and we won’t have anything in our hands except what we gave Him in this mortal life.
Ephesians 4:11-12 says “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ”
You may not think you have one of these specific callings, and maybe you’re right. But that doesn’t excuse you from the work of ministry, because EVERYONE can do SOMETHING to help in “building up the Body of Christ” starting with our own pastors and teachers.
It’s as simple as going to your pastor and asking him what you can do to help out around the church and then having the humility to do whatever it is he needs help with, even if it’s not very glamorous. I’ve never met a pastor of any size church from anywhere in the world who had all the help he needed, or who didn’t have more work he’d like to be doing if he only had more help and/or resources.
Don’t worry about how you’ll pay for it either, because if you start doing the work of the Kingdom, the means to do that work will be provided. As Proverbs 28:27 says, “He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.” Also, Matthew 6:19-20 says; “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal”
This mortal life that we’re all living will last a maximum of 120 years. Eternity will last for…well, eternity. To give up a little bit of our time here, a little bit of our money and/or a little bit of our comfort to do the work of the Kingdom, to be as the saying goes “the hands and feet of God in this world” is the way to store up treasure in Eternity. May we all find the strength, courage, patience and wisdom to look for and find ways to be about our Father’s business.