Do you have the Isaiah 6:8 mentality? Better question…do I?? Chapter 6 is a short one, so I recommend going and doing a quick read of these powerfully packed thirteen verses, and heck, if you’ve got the time, study them, meditate on them, pray through them, and examine your walk with the Lord. This is all a necessary part of our faith life, and what better portion of Scripture than one that speaks so clearly about the majesty and glory of our awesome God!?
Isaiah met the Lord here and in view of His holiness and amidst the hosts of Heaven singing praises to the King in what is described as an awesome, vivid scene that my feeble mind can’t fully comprehend, he became well-aware of his sinful condition and complete unworthiness to stand in His presence. He cried out that he was doomed and confessed his own sin and the sin of his people, and then said, “YET I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!” I think this is the realization all true believers have when they really meet Jesus. It’s sheer amazement at how good and kind and loving and merciful He is, to forgive us…ME…the least of these. After all we’ve done (and still do), He continues to reach down in His grace and cleanse us, just as the angel did with Isaiah (vs. 6-7). This is what happens to us when we trust in Christ’s perfect and final sacrifice for our sin…He cleanses us and makes us new by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.
The purpose and end result is the same. He transforms us into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) so that we are fit for His Kingdom and useful in His work. We get to co-labor with Heaven for King Jesus! How awesome is that!? It blows me away. Constantly. So we see in verse 8 that after his guilt was removed and his sins forgiven, the LORD Himself asked, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” and Isaiah instantly said, “Here I am. Send me.” Have you noticed all the people in the Bible who God spoke to or called and they responded with, “Here I am”? Abraham, Samuel, Jacob, Isaiah, and Moses all come to mind. An instant, obedient, willingness to serve the One Who called them out of darkness into His light.
So back to the question I asked at the beginning…is this our mentality? Do we say, “send ME, Lord”?? I just saw a clip on Instagram where Phil Robertson said something along the lines of, “It is up to Christians to show the world what Jesus looks like. And it doesn’t happen inside the church building. At the most, we spend what, 4 hours a week out of 168 hours at church…what are we doing the other 164 hours? THAT is where we are called to show Christ. Where we work, where we play…” To this, I give a hearty “amen.” We are called to be SENT, not to sit. Huge difference. We ARE the Church and are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We literally house God. So wherever we who have the living, breathing God inside of us go, He goes. He knows where He wants us to go and so the question is, are we willing? Are we listening and then obeying His direction? It’s never too late to come before Him like Isaiah did and confess where we may not have been available in this capacity before and allow Him to cleanse us and then send us. Get ready because it will be quite the journey! Walking with God and allowing Him to use you is NEVER boring or lifeless. It’s always an adventure. Won’t you come along for the ride?
This is HOW we can be about the Father’s business. Be ready. Be available. Be useful. In all things. He’ll guide you where He wants to use you. Hope y’all have a happy Monday serving the King!