2009-12-16 - Here I Am, Send Me
Isaiah 6:8, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, `Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, `Here I am, send me.'"
There is a lot to observe in this verse. Let us first notice God's question. It is a question that is asked by, "Us." This is the whole trinity in action here in Isaiah and we best not miss it. Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses cannot answer this. They don't believe in the triune-God of the Bible which puts them outside of the Christian faith. Isaiah's commission is one that comes from the trinity.
God wins the victory by His Word, His Spirit, and by feeble human instruments. It by these means that the forces of darkness are triumphed over. We see Isaiah knew his condition in the fifth verse of this chapter prior to the verse we are looking at, "Then I said, `Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips; and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.'" Isaiah was to prophesy against the people of Israel and have no success. He was commissioned by the Lord to go. In fact, he seals up the fact that he was commissioned by saying, "send me." He will not go on his own errand for the Lord, but he would be sent. His mission was one of futility for the people did not listen. They would not repent, but his commission was sure and he knew that he was send from above. Our task is not as hard. We also are told to go, Matthew 28:18-20. We have the Spirit of God with us. Men and women are brought out of darkness and into light. It is all the more reason for us to go.
What is the ordination for the Christian worker? It is first that we must lie in the dust of our sin and confess. We must be purged of our sin by the blood of Christ. We must have felt, known, and experienced mercy before we can seek to relate it to others. This is our preparation. We must deal with our sin and bring it to the Lord so that we are cleansed.
But let me ask all followers of Christ a question. Do you not think that the Lord has placed you right where you are that you might be His ambassador? Are you not being asked this moment, "Who will go for me?" Should you not say, "Here I am, send me?" I put it to you. Have you not friends, co-workers, family, neighbors, acquaintances that you alone are uniquely placed in such a position that you may be the means to speaking to them about the things of Christ? I say it is true. I say that there are those who you can speak to, with an influence and power, aided by prayer and the Spirit, that no one else can. Is it possible that the Lord has given you that doctor so that you may speak with him about Jesus the woman behind the counter at the store the neighbor whose lawn is unkempt? I say it is so. I put it to you plainly: Will you not also say to the Lord this day, "Here I am, send me?"
Soli Deo Gloria,