"In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. 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.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Where were you when God called you?
That first time you had an encounter with him. What was it like? What emotions did you experience?
Remember the where.
Do you remember?
This passage in Isaiah is one of the few times recorded in scripture where a man stood before the King of Kings
There is a consistent human response when encountering the presence of God.
That is The Fear of the Lord.
That moment where the Unholy stands before the Holy, you realize who you are and who he is.
Isaiah was a prophet who's entire life was devoted to serving God. Yet, when this man stood before God he realized even he was not worthy.
Romans 3:10 "...There is no one righteous, not even one;"
He cried out and acknowledged the fact that he was a sinful man.
Yet right after that a seraphim flies over to him and touches his mouth with a coal and tells him'Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.'
The Lord in all of his mercy had the seraphim fly over to Isaiah to tell him his sins were forgiven.
Immediately after that God speaks for the first time in this chapter and he says,
"Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?"
Isaiah, who's sins were just forgiven, Jumps up and says 'Here am I, Send me'.
If you notice, God didn't tell him what he was sending him to. Isaiah, out of his grateful heart and willingness to please his king jumped on the opportunity to serve him! No matter what the task was.
You see God is not looking for the worthy, he's looking for the Willing.
Those who are Willing to deny themselves.
Willing to take up their cross.
Willing to follow him.
Anyone who claims to follow Jesus has at one time or another said with their heart, "Here am I, send me."
Remember the where. Where were you when God called you? Where were you when you first told God "Here am I, send me."
Jesus was Willing.
Isaiah 43:4 NASB
"Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life."
God says we are precious in his sight! We are his prized possessions. But the enemy introduced sin into our lives and kept us from fellowship with God.
So God, seated on his throne heartbroken over the loss of his precious people, asks the question, 'Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Who will go and get my prized possession back!?'
The only one who could go, was the only one who would go.
Jesus stood up and said 'Here am I, Send me.'
"But Son, it's going to be hard. you are going to be hated and mocked. You'll have to be tortured, bruised and broken. It'll cost your life."
Jesus replies "It's alright Father because I am going to get you what you deserve. I'm going to get your people back. I will lay down my life."
1 John 2:6 NLT "Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus."
Do you remember? Do you remember what he did? Do you remember what he's worthy of?
He didn't choose you because of what you can do or what you've done, but because of what his son did and is doing.
It's not about what you can do yourself or what you're good at. God is in the business of making something out of nothing. Only by Holy Spirit's power can we accomplish the task God has appointed for us.
"God does not begin by asking our ability, Only our availability, and if we prove our dependability, he will increase our capability."
God is looking for a generation who is not willing to pray A prayer, but to live a life of prayer. A generation who doesn't just lift their hands in worship but lives their lives in worship! God is looking for a people who are willing to be sold out to him!
God is looking for you!
Are you willing?
Then proclaim not just today but every single moment of your life...
"Here am I God, Send me.
Pastor Gabe Flores,
Urban Hope School of Ministry