Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-8
In these verses God asked the question: "whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Isaiah responded to the Lord saying: "here am I, send me." Today we are going to look at the three reasons that prompted Isaiah to offer himself:
1) He recognized the need: Qualification for God's call is a burden. Isaiah's burden was birthed because of his condition: the condition of separation. He says in the Word: "woe is me, for I am undone...I am a man of unclean lips...I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips." His condition became apparent when he was in God's presence: "for mine eyes have seen the king, the Lord of host."
2) He realized his condition required a messenger- Isaiah experienced God's mercy in his condition. The Word says that a coal from the altar's fire was placed on his lips: his condition required a painful cleansing process. Isaiah was told that his sins were forgiven. "God's mercy conquers sin quickly." People need a messenger: they need hope!
3) He saw how fast God responded to his condition: Sin separates a person from God, but God has a provision for the soul: "His mercy endures forever."
So how does this relate to us? We must recognize how great our God is and recognize how sinful we are. We recognize the extent of His forgiveness towards us and then we are able to receive His power to do His work.
We must get people into the presence of God. He is asking: "who shall I send, who will go?" Will we answer: "Here am I."