Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send" And who will go for Us? Isaiah 6:8
There is no silence so deep, none so embarrassing, none so penetrating as the silence that usually follows the question, "There is work to do! Any volunteers?" Those at the meeting sit very still in their chairs, eyes cast down, as the chairman searches the group for some sign of willingness to serve. The poor moderator, at that moment, has some inkling of the pained silence in heaven as God too seeks servers.
God does seek servers! Not because He needs our response. Not at all. Messengers by the millions, the angels, yearn to do His bidding. Yet for the love of humankind He gives us opportunities to share in His plan for the world. God permits us to give food to the hungry, wisdom to the ignorant, healing to the sick, forgiveness to the penitent, and hope to the confused. He wants to use us so we may have the joy of participating in service. It is regrettable that the most common response to His call is silence. Instead of an eager "I'll go!" the loyal sons and daughters of the loving Father too often sit mute.
Who wants to go and serve God by telling sinful humankind that God gave His only Son on Calvary's cross to set us free? By God's grace, let each one of us say with Isaiah: "Here am I! Send me!"
PRAYER: O Lord, call us to mighty service and by Your Holy Spirit strengthen us to respond willingly; for Jesus' sake. Amen.
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