1 Corinthians 3:7, Being willing to go, God's call is seldom easy., Here am I send me!, Isaiah 6:5-8, Isaiah 6:9-12, John 15:5, John 4:35, Matthew 9:37-38, Trusting in difficulty, Who are you obeying?
Bible Ballistics: Vol. 19 No. 09 A Repost of BBs #480
Here Am I!!! Really???
“Then said I,
Woe is me!
for I am undone;
because I am a man of unclean lips,
and I dwell in the midst of a people
of unclean lips:
for mine eyes have seen the King,
the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me,
having a live coal in his hand,
which he had taken with the tongs
from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said,
Lo, this hath touched thy lips;
and thine iniquity is taken away,
and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,
Whom shall I send,
and who will go for us?
Then said I,
Here am I;
send me.” Isaiah 6:5-8
Isaiah had a total transformation when he encountered God, and while most of us don’t see God in His glory at our conversion, as Isaiah did, we do receive the indwelling Holy Spirit when we are born again, when we are “washed in the blood” of Jesus! So, when we hear the voice of God asking for one to go “in His name” what is our response? And when we respond, what are we expecting? Sometimes we must face the reality that ministry isn’t simple, easy, or even pleasant sometimes. Ministry is work—it’s serving God with our all, no matter the cost, the inconvenience or the difficulty—or the response!
When we respond to God’s call, it’s not always to the task that we expected, and we may not receive the response that we expected. I can imagine that Isaiah was surprised by God’s response to his volunteering. What about you and me? What is our response when God calls?
“And he said,
and tell this people,
Hear ye indeed,
but understand not;
and see ye indeed,
but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat,
and make their ears heavy,
and shut their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and be healed.
11 Then said I,
Lord, how long?
And he answered,
Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
12 And the LORD have removed men
and there be a great forsaking
in the midst of the land.” Isaiah 6:9-12
God didn’t water down the difficulty of Isaiah’s task or the fact that he was being sent to a people who, God warned him, would not truly see, or hear, or understand the message, or the urgency of repentance and returning to God! And that he was being sent to preach this message until God’s judgment fell—because most wouldn’t heed. Not the fluff and ease that we often hear about today. Sadly, the people of Isaiah’s day are much like the people around us today—they give God a measure of credence, but they don’t really want to see Him, or hear His truth, or understand that “today is the day of salvation”—yet it’s as true today as it was those many years ago!
One of my favorite prophets is Jeremiah, and the call that he received from God was such a heart-breaking one, that he was later called the “weeping prophet” because of the hardness of the people and the grief that Jeremiah experienced as he preached with such broken-hearted passion to a people who didn’t want to hear his message. When God calls us, and sends us on a difficult mission, we are often surprised and disappointed to find it full of tears, grief, and sorrow, where there is often no positive reception or response from the “masses”. Yet like Isaiah and Jeremiah, when we come face-to-face with Jesus, and the holiness, grace, and awe of The Almighty God, it makes a change in our hearts and lives, and we too are empowered to do God’s work, God’s way—regardless of the outcome. The outcome is God’s job! We are called to sow (Plant and/or water, but God gives the increase!) —remember, the harvest belongs to God.
“So then neither is he that planteth any thing,
neither he that watereth;
but God that giveth the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:7
“Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth labourers
into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
God is: “Lord of the harvest”—it is “his harvest”! Jesus reminds us that our focus must be yielding to God as we say, “Here am I; send me”, remembering Jesus’ words:
“I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me
ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
Amen and Amen!!!
May we each choose today to respond to God’s call, whatever it may be? May we each be ready and willing to respond as Isaiah and Jeremiah did, “Here am I; send me”!
May we remember the words of Jesus, and be aware of the hour:
“Say not ye,
There are yet four months,
and then cometh harvest?
behold, I say unto you,
Lift up your eyes,
and look on the fields;
for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35
And in closing I can’t help but think of a line from a song:
“My house is full,
but My fields are empty…
…who will go and work for Me today?..
… it seems My children all want to stay
around My table…
…but no one wants to work in My fields…..” (From “My House Is Full” by Lanny Wolfe.)
Amen and Amen!!!