Ladies, I don’t know about you, but have you ever gotten to a place in your life where you just feel spent and there is so much that needs to be done for the Lord, and you say, “Let somebody else do it?”
Well, God has been dealing with me on this. You see, I am a pastor’s wife and as such, not only do I work a full time job outside the ministry but I also do the following: Teach young adult Sunday school class, have youth group weekly, head up Women’s ministry, and I’m the assistant treasurer. Saying that, I am 58 years old and lately I have been feeling tired and spent. So in my deepest being I’m shouting, “Let somebody else do it!”
Well, Jesus in His word has called us to serve and never give up. For even Jesus came to serve, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 So if Jesus, our Savior, came to serve, what gives me the right to not serve and do all I can to increase the kingdom?
I was feeling so overwhelmed last night as I headed to youth group. No one seems to desire to help and yet the youth need instruction in God’s word. I wanted so much to give up and tell the students that we were going to take the summer off. When they showed up, there were two new youth, I knew then and there, there was a reason that I must continue on.
What I feel I must do, is bury “Mr. Somebody Else”. Put him in the grave for he will not step up and do what needs to be done. He is dead and I must bury him; take up my cross and follow Jesus. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
So, the next time you want to give up because you feel like “Mr. Somebody” should be doing the ministry, the outreach, the job that you are doing, have a little funeral service for him in your heart and then never stop, never give up, for God is depending on us.
Lord, give us a heart of service and love. Help us to always think of others first and the things we can do to serve them. Bless the lives we come in contact with and bless the lives of those who serve us. Thank you for being the best example of service. Amen.