Okay God. Here I am. Send … someone else.
You know, if we’re honest with ourselves we’ve all said this or something similar to it at some point in our lives. Why are we so ready to send others into places we won’t go ourselves?
Pamela Rosewell‘s book Safer than a Known Way was written about her years as assistant and caretaker to Corrie ten Boom. The book is a fascinating depiction of one person’s determination to follow God in everything even when there was a “known” path.
In the book Pamela tells a story of a missionary who came to her church to tell them about life on the mission field. He started his talk with the words, “No go. No lo.”
19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
We know these verses as “The Great Commission” but have you ever really paid attention to what’s said in this passage?
Did you notice that the verses say, “AND LO”? “And”. Not “or” or “maybe” but “AND”. “Go, and lo”. Very simply stated, if you go and do what God tells you to do (make disciples of ALL nations) He WILL be with you. It’s a promise. And God’s promises are, “Yes and Amen!”.
The phrase at the end, “even unto the end of the world” says that even though these words and phrases and promises were made thousands of years ago, they are still true. How do I know that? It says, “even unto the end of the world” and we have yet to see the end of the world! It’s that simple!
We get scared. Honestly. It’s frightening for some to think of giving themselves solely to God, to be used as He says and not necessarily doing what’s comfortable. We like to sit back in our EZ boy recliners or our spacious corner offices with magnificent views of the city and contribute financially and then later say, “oh look what I did”. But, all we’ve done is allow someone else to be sent rather than being the one to go.
I challenge you to change your mantra from, “Send someone else” to “Send me” and see what happens when you truly take hold of God’s word and wholeheartedly follow Him.