"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)
JONAH was guilty of saying "no" to God. Was it coincidence that Jonah drew the short straw; that he became the "man overboard" and thus ended up where God wanted him in the first place?
How often do we shout, "Here am I, send me" only to later mumble, "Well, I didn't mean send me there." God's plans for His children rarely took them to places they would have chosen for themselves.
Many of us are willing to serve. But serving . . . and being a servant . . . are two completely different things. We want to choose our service where we serve, how we serve, when we serve and whom we serve. But true servants have no choices. If we want to be servants, we must go wherever God asks us to go and do whatever He asks us to do. If we resist, God may have us "thrown overboard" so that we end up, physically and mentally, where He needs us to be, ready to finally do His work.
Lord, help me to be a true servant, willing to go wherever You need me and to do the good works You have prepared for me to do. In Jesus' name. Amen.
- JANET RILEY, Agoura Hills, California