Going and Sending

Tim Beals

READ : Acts 13:1-5

“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v. 2)

When the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched Super Bowl XL, who got the credit? The coach for his winning strategy? The players for their quality execution? The general manager for his personnel decisions? Everyone in the Steelers organization won when they clinched the victory. On every team, there are those on the field and those on the sidelines, but they win and lose together – from the Most Valuable Player to the waterboy.

Now when people near and far put their faith in Christ, who gets the credit? An unfair question? Think about it. When we or others have an opportunity to help another into the kingdom, many have had a role. Just like a football team, the church is full of those who go and those who send. Both are important. Those who go must answer the call, train vigorously, and follow our Leader. Those who send can pray, encourage, give, and serve where they’ve been called.

Acts 13 tells of just one of many examples where God called on some to be “senders” and others to be “goers.” We will please him and honor our own call when we learn our position on the team and strive together to win “a people for his name” (Acts 15:14).


Lord, help us to go courageously and to send well!