Is. 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.
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To serve God one must be sent from God. You don’t have to be sent far. You can be sent from your knees to your feet. But God must send you if your service is going to be empowered by His Spirit.
Rom. 10:13 for Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
Rom. 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom. 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?
The progression shows that no one can be saved without someone being sent. There is a direct connection between being sent and being saved. And what this connection tells us is that the work of God is the power that saves. That power cannot flow from human good intentions or skills. It must be sent from God. This means that people can’t just decide to use their talents and abilities for the work of the ministry, and then expect that God’s power to save, will flow from their efforts. In fact, the work of the ministry can easily be divided into two categories: that which is initiated by God and carried out under His power, and that which is the result of some person’s good intentions. The currents of the Holy Spirit travel upon obedience to God’s own will. The Holy Spirit isn’t standing by, waiting to fall upon someone’s good idea, and add the power of God to it, just because it falls within the area of God’s general purpose.
Is. 6:8 Then 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 heard the voice of God asking, “Whom shall I SEND”. And he answered, “Send me!” God didn’t ask, Who can I USE? Therefore, Isaiah’s answer wasn’t, Here am I. USE me! The difference seem irrelevant at first glance, but this is no nit-picky point. The difference between being sent by God versus just going because it’s a good idea, determines whether God is in the results. For example, the people organized into a bucket brigade couldn’t put out any fires unless the last man throws the bucket of water that the first man sent down the line. It’s the water that extinguishes the flames. No matter how well organized they are, the people couldn’t stop the fire unless they use the water. And when someone decides to use his or her skills for God, it’s just like rushing up to a fire without carrying any water! How do we know someone has been sent to help put out the fire? Because he’s carrying the water! In the application of this analogy is that it’s the Living Water of the Holy Spirit that we must be sent with if we want to have any hope of rescuing people from the flames of sin.
John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive;
The message could not be clearer: the Lord never intended to build His Kingdom on the wood, hay and stubble of human talent and skill, but by sending us under the supernatural agency of His Spirit.
Psa. 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it
Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
Let’s look again at Isaiah’s response to God’s call. Standing in the Presence of the Lord, and under the influence of divine enlightenment, Isaiah’s response is well thought out and precise: Send me! Isaiah’s concept of what he was involved in, wasn’t that he had the solution and God using him to solve the problem. But rather, that God already had solution, and was simply sending Isaiah as a vessel through which His Spirit could move. The Lord had some fires to put out and He filled Isaiah with the supernatural water for the flames.
The desire to be used is not the same as the desire to serve. The person who seeks to be used for God might desire self-fulfillment. The person who seeks to serve God desires to please the Lord. The motivation to be used for God may not be bad, per se, but it sometimes comes from a different place than the desire to serve Him. The intentions may be good, but in reality, ability and good intention by itself, just isn’t enough to accomplish Gods purpose. Only God has what it takes, and we must let Him send us.
So to serve God one must be sent from God. You don’t have to be sent far. But let Him know of your desire to serve and seek Him to send you so that He will empower your service.
John 17:8 for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them, and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You did send Me.
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