For Such A Time As This

Maximizing everyday moments to glorify God

‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”’ Isaiah 6: 8.

on June 16, 2011

How would you feel if it was your job to deliver the worst news possible to others? All day long, nothing but sadness, desperation and hopelessness. To make matters worse, what if the very people you were delivering this news to were living their lives believing the exact opposite? Believing they had every reason to be happy, calm and hopeful. You would certainly be delivering a shock to their system and truly rocking their world. It’s possible they might not believe you, may even cast you out. And yet, you are obligated, even compelled to persist because if they don’t grasp the news you have for them, they are doomed to be lost forever.

Pretty heavy, huh?
I was reading Isaiah 6, when he is commissioned to do just this, deliver the news to the Israelites that they were doomed because they had disobeyed God. Convict and convince them that unless and until they realize they had nowhere to turn but back to God, they were condemned.
Isaiah also realized he was unclean, sinful, weak and powerless without submitting control to the Lord. He could have let this grip him with fear and meekly back away from the call to be God’s spokesperson. And yet, he didn’t. After crying out, acknowledging his lowly position before the Lord, he was made clean. Then, he boldly accepted the call when asked, “Whom shall I send,” saying, “Here am I. Send me.”
Am I willing to accept that call? Will I also say, “Lord, send me?” Or will I let my fear, weakness and my sinfulness hold me back from the call to deliver His message? Unlike Isaiah, our message is of hope: forgiveness and eternal life with the One who paid it all for us on the cross.
Will you join me in boldly accepting the call to share the news of salvation?
Lord, I want to have a heart and will like Isaiah, strongly compelled to share your message no matter the cost. Equip me with whatever is needed to open my eyes to those with whom you want me to share the Good News. Here am I. Lord, send me.

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