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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)

TITLE: Who Will Go?
By Tabiatha Tallent


The preacher slowly approached the pulpit and placed his Bible on the podium. He looked at his congregation as he stood. Faces that normally did not pay attention turned his way. The babies all seemed to be quiet, and the kids were even sitting still.

“This week the Lord has been dealing with me on an issue that I want to talk to you about today. I want everyone to pay attention this morning. I want to talk to you about a King looking for a volunteer.

“The mighty King sat on His throne. He was dressed in the finest linen, He had all the luxuries that could be afforded, and yet His heart was heavy. His subjects were not happy. They had turned to idolatry, wicked lusts, and worldly pleasures. Since there was no peace in these things, they would return to their homes at night ashamed and distraught. They knew that their lives would not please their King. They would toss and turn during the night, only to find no rest.

“Knowing a sacrifice would have to be made for their sins, they would go in search of a spotless animal. Even though these animals would bring a nice meal, clothes, or price for their families, the animal would be slaughtered. The smell of the burning carcass would reach towards the heavens, and the subjects would rejoice in the hope of forgiveness. The King was grieved seeing this process happening again and again, and watching His subjects go right back to the same sins.

“The King gathered all the Heavenly servants. He spoke with a loud voice and proclaimed that the sacrifices would end. There would be one more sacrifice. This sacrifice would cover all the sins to come. The King told His servants that He would need a volunteer, someone that would be willing to give their life for the lives of all the men that would ever be born. The servants bowed in reverence to the King. One came forward. ‘I will go, Father.’

“And so, the most humblest of servants gave His life for all men. He was the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I might live.

“Today, that servant has a heavy heart. He sees the wickedness of men. He sees that many have forgotten His sacrifice. He is asking for more servants that are willing to give their lives for His Father. Who will be willing today to dedicate their life for the cause of Christ? He is looking for men, women, boys and girls who will tell others of His love for them.

“Please, won’t you consider this request. It is the season for giving. Jesus Christ gave us the best gift of all. He gave us unconditional love. There are so many today looking for this love, but how can they find it if we do not tell them.

“I am surrendering this morning to be a volunteer for the Lord. If you would like to join me, there is no paperwork to fill out. There are no tests to pass. It will be a verbal agreement between you and the Lord.”

The preacher stepped down from the pulpit and bowed in the altar. The congregation still sat silently. The only sound was the sobs of their pastor. One by one, many of the small congregation began to join their pastor in the altar and promise to spread the message of His love.

The King sat silently on His throne as the Son smiled and looked His way. “They will go, Father.”

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Donna Powers 12/02/06
Very nice. I could imagine this scene easily. Well done!
Bonnie Derksen12/06/06
Thank you, Tab, for writing this. I so appreciated the very evident humility of the Preacher. He was broken by the Father's heart and so God used his example to lead others.
There is such a great challenge in this spiritual truth for all of us and it simply starts with our surrender. You clearly wrote this.
Blessings on your pen.
Catrina Bradley 12/06/06
Very nice job, great message. I especially like the last line. Perfect ending.
Joanne Sher 12/06/06
I can feel the tenderness of this pastor's heart. I caught a few punctuation problems, but this is a solid piece of writing! Great job.
Shanti Singh12/06/06
Oh, this is beautiful. I just love the tender heart of this pastor. Thanks for sharing!