In the title of this lesson there are at least two things that can be noted that are inherently being said. (1) To "stand" would mean to rise up in support and commitment to a cause. (2) To "be counted" takes on the meaning of individual responsibility.

The purpose of this lesson is not to teach that we do not depend on one another, for we do. The purpose of this lesson is to teach that if others around me, or you, are not standing and being counted for the Lord, we must.

The Bible teaches that I, as an individual, am accountable to God for what I say and what I do, and not for what someone else says or does. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." 2 Cor. 5:10.

We must set our eyes on Jesus Christ, our perfect example, in living this life here on earth. We ought not wait for anyone, (including brethren), to do something for the Lord, before we'll take a step and do something. We must remember as Christians, we are to follow Jesus. Jesus Christ has already paved the path for us to follow.

I'm not saying that we cannot imitate what a brother or sister in Christ is doing for the Lord, as long as it is within God's will. What I am saying is that as individuals we must go to work even though others may not.

Jesus Christ said, "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me." Matthew 10:37&38. The word "he" denotes individual responsibility. If I want to be worthy of Jesus Christ I must recognize my responsibility to Him personally. Jesus Christ said, "If anyone wishes to come after me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Matthew 16:24. Jesus makes it clear again, that we have a personal responsibility.

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.