The Lord desires to send more workers out to share His passion. Are you willing to R.S.V.P. to His Holy Calling?


Today we read Isaiah 6:1-8, which is Isaiah’s call to ministry as a prophet. In this piece of scripture we see Isaiah move from awe to a sense of unworthiness to being cleansed to being willing to serve. We see that his call came to him in the year that King Uzziah died. Isaiah is specific about the time period because he wants to locate God’s call, God’s work, in history. Next we read that Isaiah is given a vision of God’s presence, which fills him with awe. In God’s presence he cannot help but to feel the great gap between his life and God’s, which leads him to say, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips…”

In God’s presence there needs to be those moments when all we can do is drop to our knees, when all we can do is confess, when all we can feel is overwhelmed by the great gap between us and God. Of course, there also needs to be moments of great intimacy, great tenderness, great comfort, but let us never forget that our God is also an awesome God. How we hold onto this awe and this tenderness is one of the great paradoxes of being faithful people. Next we read that one of the Seraphs (these were God’s attendants) took a live coal and touched Isaiah’s lips, thereby purifying him, cleansing him. Think about that a moment. Where might you need the tongs of fire placed on your life or your relationships or your work to cleanse and purify you? If we are not at times “burned” by God’s cleansing fire we are not putting ourselves in front of God deeply and honestly enough. And then, finally, God asks, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And Isaiah said, “Here I am; send me!”

This verse features a song that can always touch the deepest of my heart. You listen to it HERE as you go along reading this reflection.

Beneath every desire there is a greater desire that cannot be avoided; the desire for God.  The desire to serve HIM alone. It is often hidden and buried beneath a whole list of other seemingly important things.  If you simply lived your life without any reflection it would go unnoticed and you would enter the grave without ever realizing what your desires were trying to teach you.  Yet once you realize what you really desire is God all your other desires become signs pointing towards heaven.

What do you really desire in food, money, clothing, a spouse, a job, popularity or anything else that is in your heart at this moment?  These desires point to a fundamental need in our life for happiness, truth, acceptance, security and peace.  Each one of these desires, however, cannot satisfy our ultimate desire, which is for God.  After an expensive and delicious meal you are hungry again in a few hours.  After a raise at work you buy what the world has told you that you need and yet in a few days you are still restless with the urge to buy more and more.  After marrying who appears like the perfect spouse there is still a part of your heart that he/she seems unable to touch. We can surely understand that God is calling out, “Whom shall I send?”

To become disciples of Jesus, we must answer God’s call. Like Isaiah, to answer God’s call, we must experience the fear of the Lord. To serve Jesus, we must have wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” To take up our daily cross in imitating Jesus, we must be fearless. “He who fears the Lord is never alarmed, never afraid; for the Lord is his Hope”. To evangelize, we must have more fear of God than of man. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of obedience, wisdom, fearlessness, evangelization, and much more. When the bishop or his delegate prayed for us at our Confirmation to have the fear of the Lord, the Lord gave us this great gift. The Lord wants a “reverent fear” to overtake us. We are to make “steady progress in the fear of the Lord”.

The Lord desires to send more workers out to share His passion.  Are you willing to R.S.V.P. to His Holy Calling?

Responsibility ~ Are you willing to take ownership and act on what you know to be right? Are you willing to confess your sin and live a righteous life before the Lord so He can use you?

Sacrifice ~ Giving up what you love for something you love even more. Do you love Him more than anything or anyone else? What are you willing to sacrifice?

Vision ~ Are you communicating with passion what you see, feel, and hear? Are you focused? Do you see the vision He has set before you? He has called you, therefore He has given you a vision, a mission.

Partner ~ You can’t always go yourself, but you can partner with those of us who are there on the front lines every day. You can pray. We need your prayers. It’s the protection and the under girding we desperately need. You can give. Even the smallest of gifts is powerful when it is given out of obedience and in Jesus name. Choose a missionary and stand in the gap with/for them.  It’s your choice.

How will you R.S.V.P. to God?

Father, I am undone, a man of unclean lips. Please cleanse me and make me a worthy messenger. I desire to answer your call.  Yes, Lord!  Here am I, send me!

 

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