May 22, 2018
Isaiah 6:6-8…“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!’” vs. 8
When Isaiah felt the guilt erased and the burden of his sin removed, he was like an eager child waving his arm in the air even before the teacher’s question came. “I’ll do it! I’ll do it! Send me! Send me!” If he had any apprehension about the task ahead he saved it for later. For now, he was eager to pass on the good news of a loving, cleansing God to any who would listen. It’s a great call story, and we love to sing its refrain in worship, singing out with joy, “I will go, Lord, if you lead me; I will hold your people in my heart.” It’s a reminder that God doesn’t wait for us to “get good” before offering a call to serve. God takes us we are, cleanses us from all sin, and then issues the invitation to wipe away tears and bind up the brokenhearted. God has heard the cries of the hurting and the lost and chooses us to bring comfort and relief. It’s a magnificent calling! Of course, it’s a lot easier to volunteer than it is to actually go. We have many excuses–for many it’s like trying to get out of a jury summons. Praise God for all those who gladly and willingly have taken up the challenge! Isaiah was the first, but he certainly wasn’t the last!
Thought for the Day: What’s my excuse?