“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8)
Is your immediate response the same as Isaiah’s “Here am I. Send me!” Or is it more along the lines of “Not me. Send someone else”
Are you bowed low under the weight of your failures and sins? Do you feel there is just no way you will ever be able to measure up to Gods’ standard of holiness? Are you ill equipped and lack knowledge? Are you too busy?
If you truly want to serve the Lord none of the above excuses hold much weight. God looks at your heart and if your heart’s instantaneous response is “here am I. Send me!” He will take care of the rest.
Isaiah saw God sitting on a lofty throne surrounded by angels declaring His praises. His response was to cry out “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips”.
An angel flew to Isaiah with a live coal that he had taken from the altar and touched his lips with it and said “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sins atoned for”.
Jesus’ death and resurrection is the live coal that touches our lips today when we confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. One of the most difficult people to forgive is ourselves – we need to claim God at His word, that once we are forgiven, He remembers our sins no more.
He sees our hearts and if we truly desire to serve Him, He will make a way, in spite of us.