“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8)
For a moment picture yourself in a classroom with God as the teacher asking those questions. As He scans the faces of all in attendance what would you do? If we’re honest, many of us would lower our gaze and hope that He didn’t look our direction! Everything within us may think, “Someone else; anyone else. Please not me; please don’t call upon me!” I understand – really.
While I genuinely understand, I still want my answer to be the same as Isaiah’s – “Here am I. Send me!” For the rest of our short time together, I want to focus on God’s response to Isaiah’s willingness to serve. Ready, here it is:
He said, “Go and tell this people…” (v. 9)
I stopped there because what Isaiah was to tell the people was specific to the setting. But, the general command of “go and tell” is pretty widespread from God. To Peter, the angel said, “Go and tell the people about this new life” (Acts 5:20). To the man freed from demon possession, Christ said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19). As He prepared to ascend to heaven, Jesus left His disciples with this mission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19).
Other examples could be cited, but you get the idea. What I can’t cite is an example of God telling a willing servant, “Ok, thanks. Now, just stay home and say nothing to anyone about Me!”
God is scanning His classroom. Will you raise your hand to be called upon? If so, will you “go and tell?” –Dave
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