“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?’ And ‘Who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8
I was having one of those what-good-am-I? mornings when my Scripture reading took me to Isaiah 6. Isaiah, in the presence of the Lord, became so conscious of his unworthiness that he cried, “Woe to me! I am ruined!” In response to his anguish, an angel took a coal from the altar of God and touched his “unclean lips,” declaring him free from guilt and sin. It was then the prophet was able to say with utter abandon, “Here I am. Send me.” I was inspired….
Rather than continuing to focus on my inadequacies, I made an intentional decision to let the “coal” burn through my shortsighted vision. I asked, “Father, what great things do you have in store for us today?” A list of possibilities came to mind: invite some folks for dinner, send an encouraging note, cut a check for a missionary friend in need…. And that was just the beginning. It wasn’t long before great expectations replaced my discouragement.
How much time and opportunity do we squander because we think we have nothing to offer? How long do we linger in shame and guilt when we ought to be relishing in our salvation? Don’t hesitate, my friend. When the Spirit says to your heart, “Whom shall I send?” join with this fellow imperfect child of God and let’s declare with Isaiah…
Here I am. Send me!
Father, thank You for sending us into the world to be vessels of Your great works and glory. Help us not hesitate to go forth when You call our name. Amen.
Take time each day this week to ask God what great things He has in store for you and Him to do. Then do it with gladness!