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Daily Devotional – January 18


This is a story about Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.


1Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.


January 18, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Did you know the gospel group Acappella, recorded a song about this very topic? I don’t know where to find a sound byte for you to listen to, but here are the lyrics.

    Everybody said that anybody could do
    The important things somebody should do
    Everybody knows that anybody could do
    All the good things that nobody did

    Well the preacher came to me and said what I ought to do
    If I wanted to make my religion true
    He’d do it himself but he really didn’t have the time
    He said that the duty was mine

    Repeat Chorus (x2)

    Well the deacon came by and said give me a hand
    If you want to be going to the promised land
    Here is something that I don’t have time to do
    So I better give it to you

    Repeat Chorus (x2)

    Well I’m too busy so I tell everybody
    The work’s got to get done by somebody
    It could be done by anybody
    But nobody, nobody, nobody did

    Repeat Chorus (x2)

    All the good things that nobody did (x2)

    Comment by writeathome | January 18, 2007 | Reply

  2. Define work.

    Comment by VoiceorReason | January 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi Carol!

    I always liked that little story. I will try to find and post the song you mentioned!


    Thrilled to hear from you! Did you get my email? Let me know. Would like to start GNO next month, second Monday of every month. Sent you an email about it.

    This a good definition?

    Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    God bless,


    Comment by bereans | January 18, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Jack. Am I missing something? The song seems to be about a pastor and a deacon who lay a guilt trip on a church member by telling him a lie.

    Since when does one “make his religion true” by “giv[ing]a hand [to a preacher or a deacon]”? And when did God make figuring out what needs to be done a requirement to “go to the promised land”? This flies in the face of salavtion by faith and faith alone, which I believe. This is not at all like saying, “faith without works is dead,” which is true.

    This is about paid church workers who try to get others to do their work for free. The job of a leader is to make sure someone does (not to do him/herself, but to delegate) every “important job” that exists.

    Comment by helenl | January 18, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hi Helen,

    I didn’t quite read that much into it. Sounded like someone trying to get others to work–sort of lyrics along with the old poem. I’ll try to find it–maybe hearing it may make a difference. But for the record, you are absolutely right, our salvation is Jesus Christ plus nothing (grace through faith – Eph 2:8,9). We can’t work ourselves there, and there is no worthiness based on our works. The work we do is Christ through us, not our own–that is what is accounted for righteousness.

    Good point, Helen!


    Comment by bereans | January 18, 2007 | Reply

  6. I once heard a pastor say, “The need doesn’t equal the call.” In other words, God calls lay persons to do perform certain tasks, just like He calls preachers.

    Comment by helenl | January 18, 2007 | Reply

  7. Truly, Helen–as a matter of fact, there are many more lay people illustrated doing the work of Christ in the Bible than the clergy.


    Comment by Jack | January 19, 2007 | Reply

  8. Of course there are, Jack. I just get fed with the arrogant idea that preachers are more “called” than the rest of us to do the work of the Lord and are, in fact, doing more of it. Being a good mother is full time Christian work every bit as important as preparing a sermon or visiting the sick. So, for that matter, is being a teacher or a lawyer or a poet. 🙂

    Comment by helenl | January 19, 2007 | Reply

  9. Everybody has some kind of work to do in the kingdom of God. Preachers aren’t more called to do a work for God, but I believe that they have more responsibility as far as watching for people’s souls and having to give account to God for it.

    Heb 13:17

    (AMP) Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either].

    Comment by writeathome | January 19, 2007 | Reply

  10. I think Carol is absolutely right. Leaders do have “more responsibility as far as watching for people’s souls and having to give account to God for it.” It a matter of degree not difference. A mother who has enough children to call a “congregation” is in big trouble. LOL

    Comment by helenl | January 19, 2007 | Reply

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