CALLED TO GO
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
There are two sides to this stupendous proposition, His sending and our going. Some are called who do not go, like the son who promised to work in the vineyard but went not. Some go who are not sent: “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran” (Jer. 23:21).
What a supreme privilege that the God of the Universe can use us in His business – “Whom shall I send?” Yet He never compels us nor violates our freedom of will – “Who will go for us?” His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth looking for someone who will go – not someone who will merely sing about it or say, “Here am I, send somebody else.”
Never mind whether or not the mission will be a success. Isaiah was told that his hearers would not receive his message. We are not called to succeed, we are called to go.
And when we go He goes along!
YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU OUGHT
Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
I can do all things though Christ which strengtheneth me.
Paul did not mean that he could do anything he wanted to do or some foolish thing. He could do all things that God wanted him to do.
We can do anything we ought to do, anything He wants us to do. And that leaves plenty of room for miracles! There is wide latitude within the limits of God’s will. We shall not feel cramped.
There is much we know is God’s will without making further inquiry. There is more of His will that opens up as we trust and obey. He would not ask us to do what cannot be done. But it is done through Christ, who keeps on pouring His power into us. His strength is made perfect in weakness, “that the power of Christ may rest upon us.”
We can do all the work that is within His will. He who said, “Go ye,” said, “Lo, I am with you,” and “All power is given unto me.”