“Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” – Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah finds himself in the presence of the Lord with a message that will bring him persecution and pain if he shares it.
You are in sin, turn from your idolatry, return to the Lord.
But when the Lord asks who will I send… Isaiah stands up and shouts, “SEND ME!!!” It’s almost as if he could not help himself, but compelled by the glory of God he had a “Peter moment” and volunteered.
Ministry can be a lot like this and probably should be. It’s hard at times, and often we are bringing a message to the world it does not want to hear. You are a sinner and you need to turn to God. It brings with it persecution and pain and spiritual warfare. No one in their right mind would sign up for such a duty if they understood all the implications, yet compelled by the presence and the glory of God, even I will jump to my feet and say “Here I am. Send me.”
God’s presence, glory and love motivate us to step outside of our own agendas, aspirations, and comfort, and volunteer for service. And, hard as it is, even painful at times, there is no greater thrill, adventure, or honor one can be a part of than being sent by God with good news of great joy…
Father, today I say, “Here I am, send me….” Help me to walk out my call this day, and help me be faithful in spreading your message to this broken, fallen world. I ask for your presence and Glory to surround me at all times, that my compulsion to fulfill my call would be not only born out of you, but be sustained in your presence. Empower me this day, Holy Spirit, to minister in ways that far exceed my abilities and capacities, and in such a way that brings glory to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.