Happy Tuesday Everyone,
The scripture for today is Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The prophet, in his response to the voice of the Lord, promptly accepted the call to go and carry the Lord's message. He was uniquely qualified for this mission, but not because he had worked hard and received the proper credentials. In fact, just three verses earlier, he said "Woe is me, for I am undone." What happened that caused him to experience such a radical change? In verse 7 we find the answer; "Thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged." He was touched on the lips with a hot coal from the altar of God, which was symbolic of his spiritual cleansing. That cleansing so moved him that he went from "Woe is me" to "Send me."
Today we have, not the symbol of cleansing from sin, but the actual agency of eternal cleansing. "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood." Revelation 1:5 Having been cleansed by His precious blood, we also are called and uniquely qualified to carry the Lord's message. But today, just as in Isaiah's day, the Lord still asks, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us?" Jesus said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few." Matthew 9:37
Since we have been cleansed by the precious blood of Christ and given the precious gift of His Holy Spirit we no longer have to declare, "Woe is me." We are the children of the living God; a set apart holy people, a people to whom He has given authority over all of the power of the devil. We are not spectators in this last days' conflict between good and evil. Jesus says to those who are His, "Behold, I give to you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the authority of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19 God is calling for us to stand and be counted among His anointed; to be fearless and faithful. And, just like Isaiah, each one of us can respond in kind, "Here am I, send me."
God bless you as you continue in His service.