Acts 13:1-25; Joshua 18-19; Job 29
As followers of Jesus we often recognize the need for more people to go out to proclaim the gospel. We hear the words of Jesus calling us to pray that more laborers be sent out into the vineyards and so we pray. If we are like most people our prayers ask God to send people out – except for us and except for our church staff because we love them and don’t want to see them go. The leaders in Antioch met together to pray – probably dealing with the issues of the church – and lightning struck: “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.” (Acts 13:2-3) God didn’t call the guy who was just starting out – He called Barnabas and Saul, the first two leaders of the church. Rather than objecting, the ministry team prayed and fasted some more, decided it was really God speaking, and sent them out with their blessings. There are a couple of things we take away from this story. First we should acknowledge that no person is so indispensible to any church that God can’t call them away for another task. Second we should also note that God had raised up leaders from the local congregation that were ready to lead. As we walk in faith and as we seek God in our everyday life we need to be ready to change our mindset so that God can work through us. And, just for the record, God may even call us out to work in the vineyard – but that’s ok!
Lord, Your work is especially vital in our world today. We see all the problems and those of us who follow You know that You are the only hope for our world. We pray that You would send out workers to share Your message of redemption and reconciliation. Give each of us strength to be ready to answer Your call to serve.