Then I heard the Lord asking, 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 (NLT)
"You know, I think someone should... "
Have you ever voiced that thought before? I have! We see a problem and we know that something must be done about the problem. Sometimes, we even know exactly what the solution is but still we say, "I think someone should... "
We have all sorts of handy-dandy excuses ready. We're too busy, we lack the know-how, we're not a leader, we don't have that particular "gift" and so forth. If we happen to run out of excuses, the enemy is more than happy to supply us with more. He is the master of excuses.
We tend to think this question is merely for people who have been "called" by God to become a pastor, evangelist or missionary but is it? While they certainly are called to serve in a particular position, I believe that God calls all of us to work for Him. Exactly what do we think we are here for? Are we simply benchwarmers or ornaments? Christianity is not a spectator sport where we watch others from the sidelines and shout out encouraging words. God wants us to get down there on the field as well and get involved in what He is doing. If God did not have a job for us to do, He would have simply whisked us away to Heaven the moment we became a Christian.
God does not call us to do and be everything. However, the next time you begin to say, "You know, I think someone should... " stop and change it to "Here I am, God! What do you want me to do?"
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And there you are like Isaiah, saying "Here I am Lord" for you life, love, and sacrifice to all around shows you one of the "got to people" on God's team.
Grace in Him,
Good blog - excellent point made. It is interesting that in this passage God did not call Isaiah as we would expect one is chosen and called, but he overheard God speaking and he responded. The point being anyone can hear the call of God who has the spirit of Christ within their hearts, for we all have to ability to hear and respond to Gods call. But do we?
I would love to be so tight with God that I would overhear Him when He is talking to Himself! I have a difficult time hearing Him when He is talking TO me! What an example Isaiah was!
Funny, I didn't see this blog until now, but the blog I wrote yesterday (same day as you wrote this one!) has a somewhat similar message. not exactly the same, but similar... Co-inkydink? I think not :wink: