Digging in Deeper: Isaiah 6:8

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’  Then I said, ‘Here I am!  Send me.'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

There is a real sense on the part of too many that the call of God is only something experienced by people who He is calling to full-time, professional ministry.  I experienced this call in my own life and still remember it clearly.  I can remember where I was sitting and what the are around me looked like in almost as much detail as the morning I proposed to Lisa. But, as far as the average look and feel of God’s calls on our lives, my story is more the exception than the rule.  The truth is, God calls His people to serve Him all the time and in ways that are both big-seeming and small-seeming.

What’s more, He never calls us to something He will not also empower us to accomplish.  When He has plans and aims to involve us, it is because He wants to see them accomplished through us.

Think for a minute about how utterly amazing this fact is.  The creator of the universe, a being who is totally without limits in terms of what His power can achieve, the source of everything who can literally make something out of nothing, strives to get done the things He wants to see happen in His world through us.  Through you.  Through me.

This may be in the setting of some kind of formal ministry, but more than likely it will be through a situation or set of circumstances that appear by all objective accounts to be entirely mundane.  The point, though, is that He has plans to accomplish some good in His world and He wants to use you and me as the conduit for the introduction of that good to the world.

And, because of who He is, He doesn’t need us to be particularly competent or able.  He doesn’t need us to have access to a certain set or amount of resources.  He doesn’t even need us to be ready to get our hands dirty in the trenches.  He just needs us to be willing.  He simply needs us to be willing to say, “Okay, God.  I’ll go.”

Herein lies the challenge: Are you so willing?  Are you willing to take the time to listen to your heavenly Father to experience what He is saying through His word or in that still, small whisper in your heart and say, “Okay God.  I’ll go”?  Are you willing to let go of your plans in favor of His?  Are you willing to be put in a situation that isn’t totally comfortable or otherwise your first choice?  Are you willing to say, “Here I am.  Send me”?

I make no promises it will be easy if you do.  The guys who contributed to the Scriptures don’t either.  In fact, most of them guarantee that it will be hard.  But, what they do promise, what God Himself promises over and over, is that it will be good.  So, how about it?  Do you want the good God has to offer you?  Or are you okay with the just okay you have without Him?  Go and see.  You’ll be glad you did.

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