Do It Or Don’t Ask Somebody Else To Do It

Do It Or Don’t Ask Somebody Else To Do It

Ezekiel 44:8 “Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary.”

In this section of the book of Ezekiel God addresses priests who serve in the Sanctuary. God is interested in a reformation of the way things are done. God earlier on and later on accuses His people of allowing incompetent and unqualified people to serve in His Sanctuary (Ezekiel 44:6-7, 9-12). God refers to these incompetent and unqualified people as those uncircumcised in heart and body, or foreigners. If we assign God’s work to incompetent and unqualified people, simply because they are politically right, representing a region, they are relatives or friends, they are loyal, then that brings an immediately effective curse on every committee member who supported the action or the appointing authority. God knows who is incompetent and unqualified and He knows how we arrive at who to assign His work and He now sends a warning that don’t assign them my work.

Ezekiel 44:8 “Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary.”

God’s other concern that catches our attention is in the text we are focusing on. God accuses His people of assigning other people to carry out their duties. God assigned levites the duty to work in the Sanctuary, they in turn asked other people to do it. God has rejected that arrangement. The end does not justify the means. God is not just interested in a good job, He is also interested in who does it. God therefore sends this unexpected message to them, do the work i assigned you, or else don’t ask someone else to do it.

For example, the Moabites can sweep the Sanctuary very well, better than levites, but i want the levites to sweep it, don’t assign moabites. The philistines can be experts in slaughtering animals, decent and nice and the levites are so poor at it and they cant match them, but i want the levites to do it anyway. Babylonians are excellent musicians and have learnt to sing Jerusalem songs better than the levitical choir, but God wants the levitical choir anyway. The end does not justify the means and neither does the means justify the end, God is interested in both the means and the end. Do it or don’t ask somebody else to do it.

Don’t send a representative where you are supposed to go. Don’t send an assistant where your efforts are needed. Don’t give your money where your presence and effort is required. God has rejected the alternatives you offered and He says, do it or don’t ask somebody else to do it.

When you ask somebody else to do it for you, God counts it like you never did it. When you give your money in order to avoid being present and involved, God considers that you never did it. When someone else appears on your behalf, according to God and His divine heavenly records, you never appeared. Do it or don’t ask somebody else to do it.

God is wise, loving and merciful. He sees and understands every situation. God knows when completely you cant make it and you must send someone else. What God is condemning is situations where you ask someone else simply because you are disinterested or you don’t care, or you are ashamed of God’s work or you are too busy with other competing interests (yet there should be no competing interests with God’s work). God reads the mind, the heart, the motives and the intentions. God knows genuine circumstances and fake ones. By the time God chooses you to do something He knows you can have time and resources to do it. Do it or don’t ask somebody else to do it.

Because of class and status many people avoid doing certain duties for God. They assign the youth and the jobless in church to do it. They assign others to be present in evangelistic campaigns, so that they can appear during the grand closing events. They assign others to visit the sick in hospitals. They assign others to do visitation. They assign others to clean and cook. Not because they are occupied, but because those are lowly tasks. They reject church offices because they feel fit for something higher. They turn down preaching assignments from remote unknown places and instead send incompetent preachers to replace them, but would not miss a preaching assignment from high class society even if they are sick and on a dying bed. God knows their motives. They refuse to sing with small unknown choirs, but would pay to carry musical instruments for a popular singing group. God has a message for these kind of people whom He has assigned duties they are avoiding. Do it or don’t ask somebody else to do it.

God knows your competencies and influence in the work. God created you and He knows the impact of your presence and contribution. He chooses you through a committee or call and He wants you and nobody else. To send someone else is to usurp God’s authority of determining who does the work. To send someone else is to declare that God made a mistake in choosing you, and you know better who fits the circumstance. To send someone else is contempt against God. To send someone else when you should and can do it, is sin. Do it or don’t ask somebody else to do it.

Exodus 4:13-14 “(13) But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” (14) Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart.”

God got very angry with Moses when he continuously refused and kept saying to God that send someone else. God refused to send someone else and stuck to Moses. When God wants you, it is you and not someone else. God chose Jonah and stuck on Jonah even in his reluctance and running away. God told Jeremiah that he shouldn’t worry about his childhood as a hinderance because He has chosen him anyway. No excuse is admissible with God. God doesn’t replace, He sticks to His choice. If God chooses you or sends you or assigns you work, do it or don’t ask somebody else.

Isaiah 6:8 “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”” This is the desired attitude when God gives us work to do. Take it up with energy and excitement and do it for the LORD. There is blessing in doing what God asks us to do.

May God forgive us where we send our money when He needed us.May God forgive us where He needs our money and we didn’t give it and others gave. May God forgive us where we send someone else when He needed us, and may He give us grace, ability and blessings to take up all the assignments He gives us, in Jesus name, Amen!(c) (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship or content…thank you and be blessed!)

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