“If it is going to be done, you must do it,” has to be one of the most sobering truths ever put into words. It is something one must admit when faced with difficult or unpleasant tasks that on one else is able, willing or available to do. Only I can fish those eyeglasses out of the toilet. Only I can clean up my kid’s vomit. Only I can retrieve that egg out of the chicken poop. I can dance around looking for someone in the clear…another receiver. Unfortunately, that play won’t work. After all, they’re my glasses, my kid, and my chickens…my job.
It is also sobering when others may be available but unwilling. I can’t count on someone else to pick up that litter, rescue that puppy, hold open that door, jumpstart that stranger’s car or return that grocery cart. It’s all a matter of personal responsibility and I can take it or leave it. But it’s still my job. If I don’t do it, who will?
Here’s the most sobering and unavoidable fact of all: when it comes to connecting the world to Christ, the default setting is…me. When Jesus says to be light to our world (Matthew 5:14-16), he’s telling me to shine. When Paul says that we are a fragrance of Christ to the saved and the perishing (2 Corinthians 2:15) the “we” includes “me.” When Peter says to “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles (1 Peter 2:12), “your” refers to yours truly. When he says, “…always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15), its my hope and my readiness he’s concerned with. It is me who’s supposed to shine the light, smell like Jesus, behave excellently and defend my hope. If it is to be done, I must do it. It’s my job.
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