I cannot do your work for you and you cannot do my work for me. "But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one shall bear his own load." Galatians 6:4&5.

One of my favorite examples in the Old Testament of one who stood and was counted was David. The story is found in 1 Samuel 17. The children of Israel were challenged by the Philistines, that one of the warriors of Israel would fight to the death their mightiest warrior. His name was Goliath and he was a giant in stature. This challenge was to determine what nation would serve the other. Out of all the warriors of Israel, not one was willing to accept the challenge except a shepherd youth named David. King Saul and the warriors of Israel were frightened of Goliath. Many tried to discourage David in accepting this challenge. David's attitude of the battle was that it was the Lord's and he knew through faith that God would win. As the story goes, the Lord was with David and he became victorious over Goliath and the Philistines. Had David followed the example of the warriors of Israel, (the people of God), there would have been no victory that day.

Another example we have of one who stood and was counted was Jesus Christ Himself. Before He died on the cross, all His disciples deserted Him. Though they all fled, He went onward to accomplish what He came for; to do God's will. He had to be crucified for the sins of man.

God's word sown in our hearts, works upon our consciences to accomplish the will He has for us, (Heb. 13:20&21; 2 Tim. 3:16&17). The next time the voice of your conscience says, "This is what the Lord would have me to do," let us remember what the prophet Isaiah said, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" Isaiah 6:8.