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

Again, Isaiah responds appropriately to God. Previously confronted with his sinfulness in the face of the Holy God, now Isaiah is given a call to action. His response, in an attitude of gratitude, is affirmative: “Here I am. Send me!”

"Isaiah's Lips Anointed With Fire" by Benjamin West
“Isaiah’s Lips Anointed With Fire” by Benjamin West

The best response to God’s gift of forgiveness and cleansing is to do what He asks. Isaiah had been full of doubts and fears but now he has assurance of acceptance by God. In gratitude he volunteers for the job.

Most of us never get a vision like Isaiah received, but we don’t need to. God already told us what He wants us to do. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

You may be saying to yourself, “but I am not worthy.”

In one sense, you are right! No one is worthy based on their own righteousness.  But when we trust in Jesus, God forgives us, purifies us, and gives us the righteousness of His Son who offered the sacrifice of His blood on that heavenly altar.

Then God deliberately chooses the weak to do His work.

In 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, the Apostle Paul says: “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

God does NOT need us to do His work but He does want to use us. Participating in this mission is our privilege – for God’s glory.

For personal reflection: Have you ever realized that you received forgiveness, cleansing and the righteousness of Jesus when you trusted in Him?  Did you know that God has already called you for this mission? How do these facts change your attitude?   Do you feel grateful?  Are you now willing to be a spokesperson for God?

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