Monday, December 29, 2008

Send Us Lord

Have you ever felt really small? Have you ever spoken the words "I'm just one small little person, how could I ever make a difference?"

The world around us is so big and the problems seem mountainous. There is poverty and people dieing of hunger around the world. Wars and atrocities that are out of control. There are hate crimes, violence, racism and lack of education available. Not to mention, the many diseases that plague the earth like Aids, malaria and cancer. It all looks so big, so much bigger than we are capable of dealing with. After all I am only one person....

I have often felt overwhelmed by the vast problems of the world and though I wanted to make a difference, felt it was useless. Today, I was reminded in the book of Isaiah that change always starts with one person. It starts with one person changing there life and standing up to tell others to change.

Now, as you read the following scripture I want you to picture in your mind this setting. Put yourself in the shoes of Isaiah and feel the scene unfold.

Isaiah 6: 1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on the throne, high and lifted up and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim's; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the post of the door were shaken by he voice of him who cried out and the house filled with smoke. So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The lord of hosts." Then one of the seraphim's flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged." Also 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"

Isaiah sees the Lord seated on His heavenly throne and is forever changed. His awesome vision showed the Lord in front of him seated on His throne, it was high and grand, and it was lifted up. The train of His robe filled the temple, it was huge and flowing. What a grand picture it must have been to see such a thing appear before your very eyes. The vision of this pierced him to his very core. So much so that he cried out "Woe is me.... I am a man of unclean lips...” Isaiah had seen the glory of God and knew the depth of his unclean state. He knew in that moment the holiness of God and how unworthy he really was. He knew the gravity of his sin because he now understood the holiness of God and approached it with a deep reverence. Then by the touch on his lips, he was made clean, not by his own power but by Gods. He then cries out again, but this time in answer to "whom shall I send...." Send me he says, Here am I!, send me.

We to have been made clean by the touch of Christ's hand. When Christ nailed our sins to the cross and died for us his hand was extend to us for cleansing. We only have to grab hold to be forgiven. He knocks at the door of our heart saying turn to me and we must answer. Is it yes or will it be no, the question must be answered.

Once we answer the question to accept Christ with a yes, we are then asked the same familiar question Isaiah was asked, "Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?" At some point in our Christian walk we must answer this question. Will we be who Christ called us to be, or will we buckle and cave to the ways of the world?

I have heard it said that we are in the land of the living, but I say that statement is wrong. I would say we are living in the land of the dieing, in a world that is fallen and doomed to death. It is not this fallen earth that we should consider living but in the heaven that we gain eternal life. In this world are many that are putting their faith in a dieing world. Will we stand idly by and only watch as many go to there death without the saving grace of Christ?

So I stand here today as that one changed person and answer”Here am I Lord!, send me" and I tell you that you need to be changed also. We must all be changed. We must be moved to answer, "HERE WE ARE LORD, SEND US!"


Ben said...

Its amazing what a surrendered life can do.. I have felt the same way about my self that I am too small, sometimes too young to Go out into the world for God, I still do not know specifically what God wants me to do.. But, Whatever it is I am here for him to use. Thanks again for the great post.

Anonymous said...

yes, we as believers are being changed. it is quite a process that is beyond me. i also do usually realize how God is using me all of the time, but, i figure that i must not be afraid to live my belief and to do it in the Love of God.

i am starting to see that it is important to live our belief as one person and then also to share our life and this Love with others.

i have been seeing the change in my life going in this direction.

and i do believe that as one person in relationship and belief with God and in humlility before God can be very useful to God in relationship with other souls.

Anonymous said...

Amen! When I accepted Jesus Christ into my life, what a change has taken place within me! I find myself being led to do things in which I would not have done before. When you truly surrender "all" to the Lord, your life is forever changed and you are not the same. My favorite saying is, "My worst day with Jesus will always be better than my best day without Him." How true it is!


Jennifer said...

Those verses from Isaiah 6 are some of my favorites in Scripture. That God -- the one TRUE God -- is OUR God. Incredible.

Sherri Watt said...

I am so thankful for other believers that are surrendered to Christ. God Bless you all!