Isaiah 6:5-8 (NLT)
Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Here I am. Send me. As Isaiah was enraptured in the Presence of God overwhelmed by His Majesty and Righteousness, he was touched by the Lord. It was an amazing and breathtaking experience. The coal pressed to his lips removing all guilt and shame associated with the forgiveness of sins. He was a new man. What now? “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” Isaiah responded as one might think anyone would as a believer changed in an instant. “Here I am. Send me.” So decisive in his response, many will make the same statement in the Presence of God with no real intention of ever pursuing such an effort. When faced with the reality of eternal doom as a result of human sin, we are overtaken by our brokenness and inability to fix it. After grace and mercy envelope us in righteousness, it is instant empowerment to save the world. Yes, you have the Living Breathing Spirit of the Living God inside of you which gives you the power and authority to rock this planet for Jesus Christ. Who me? Yes! You! It is in our uncertainty that we turn back and head for home rather than chasing God’s Plan and Purpose for our life. He has a Plan. It is a good one. It contains a future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) It will require something of you. Nothing you ever anticipated because of poor self-esteem and a perception that you lack any real worth. You meant enough to God to give up His Son to save you. Jesus Christ thought you were valuable enough to take every single step to the Cross, through hell and out of the grave. When are you going to get with the program and say, “Here I am”?
Who doesn’t want to be a world changer, history maker and hell shaker? I know that I do! You do, too! The problem is not with the power of His Blood or the Grace of God. It is what awaits us just past the altar. It is the moment after the encounter. It is when the goose bumps die down and reality sets in. What next? What is your response to the Call of God on your life today? Will you say to the Lord, “Here I am. Send me.” Or are you more of a laidback kind of guy or girl who will just hide in your “prayer closet” waiting for Jesus to come back? It’s time for men and women of God to come out of the closet and step into their divine destiny. You will get your hands dirty and hearts broken in the process, but the reward outweighs the risk!
Psalm 27:13-14 (NLT)
Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
Do you want to see the Goodness of God in the land of the living? Are you confident that you will see the Lord’s Goodness while “I am here”? The Lord has good things in store for you. In fact, every single detail of your life will turn out good for those who wait faithfully and confidently on Jesus Christ to perfect all that concerns them. In many big cities, there are professional runners. People who ride go on foot, bike and by automobile to deliver important documents from business to business. When they are called to make a delivery, they arrive to pick up the items. They wait for directions to their destination. Then, do everything in their power to fulfill the instructions. They do not hesitate but spring into action. Their efficiency and reliability dictate the amount of business that they receive directly effecting their livelihood. What if Christians operated in the spiritual realm the very same way? Someone is sick. We go to their aid providing what they need in terms of comfort. We pray for them faithfully. Following up until they are well developing a relationship by loving them like Jesus so they will carry this light to the next person. Here I am, Lord. Send me. If we could see the reward of righteousness, faithfulness and obedience to God in this lifetime, we would serve Him all the days of our life. We would experience the Lord’s Goodness in the land of the living…while I am here!
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
No one knows better than Abraham the high price of becoming a living sacrifice. When God called to him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, he answered the Lord. “Here I am.” (Genesis 22:1-3) Then Abraham did the unthinkable, he stepped out in faithful obedience knowing the cost may be severe. But Abraham trusted God even when he could not see a logical outcome. He stepped out in faith even though it may result in losing everything that he had hoped for. God desires us to be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind that He finds acceptable. Does anyone really know what that is? Those who are willing to lay aside every hope and dream believing that in every scenario what the Lord offers is better. We worship God with every breath of our life and every footstep that we take. Everything surrendered to the Lord including every relationship, family, home, and job. Every single second of me time carved out is examined and evaluated by the Lord for suitable inhabitation. Being a believer and follower of Jesus Christ is not a profession, but a calling to walk through life God’s Way according to His Word acting out His Will. It is not a job title but identity as Child of the Living God. When Abraham set off to follow the Lord that day, he knew that there was no sacrifice only his precious little boy. He was fully aware that they were traveling to a place that would demand an offering. Abraham knew it may cost him everything that held dear in his life. When the Lord called his name, Abraham replied, “Here I am.” When the Lord told him to go, he got up early and set out for the place God told him about. Who does that? A righteous person whose life depends on faith and confidence in the Lord above all else. A man or woman who does not copy the behavior and customs of this world. A new creation who embraces the transformation process of God allowing Him to change the way that they live, act and think. These are the ones that the Lord calls “righteous”. They live by faith not by sight. They will become those who experience the Lord’s Goodness in the land of the living just as Abraham did coming down off that mountain.
Exodus 3:1-4 (NLT)
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.” When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied.
Moses was born into the days of slavery in Egypt. He came into this world destined to die as Pharaoh had instructed the midwives to kill all the male newborns to stunt Israel’s growth. The midwives feared the Lord so they did not obey this decree and Moses arrived safely into the world. At three months of age, he was placed in the Nile River for his own safety as he would be killed if discovered. We all know the story that he was saved and adopted into the house of Pharaoh such irony in the Word of God. Although only an infant, Moses heritage was ingrained in his DNA and so in avenging the harsh and cruel treatment of a slave, he killed an Egyptian. Now running from justice, he is tending his father-in-law’s flock in the wilderness. Who doesn’t make mistakes? Who does not fall victim to sin? From the palace to the pasture, God could not escape the Plan of God for his life but rather played right into it. As the Lord engulfed the bush in flames that burned in the middle of the bush but never consumed it, He was doing the exact same thing in the heart of His Servant, Moses who was a broken by sin living a harsh life in the reality of this world. The Lord got his attention and he approached. When the Lord called to him from the burning bush, Moses said, “Here I am.” What is your response to God from the midst of broken dreams, a shattered heart or unexpected turn of events? Will you run to God or run from the Lord? It is entirely your choice. He will move Heaven and earth for an affirmative response but He will not make you come closer. The Lord will only change a sacrificed heart. He will not rip it from your chest even if it is for our own good! The Lord approaches. What will be our response?
Exodus 3:5-6 (NLT)
“Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father —the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.”
When we encounter God, we are blown away by His Divine Persona. It is a moment of revelation of who God is and how awesome He is. But what we do next will dictate our response to the Lord with our life. See it matters who we think God is and how we perceive our Lord and Savior. Everyone wants Jesus to be their Savior but few are interested in His Lordship. This is ridiculous. To put it like that I can be your savior. If a car is rushing toward you and I push you out of the way and take the impact of the vehicle in my body – I just saved your life. I am your savior. Because Jesus Christ is Lord and has all power over sin, He can save us from our sin. Sorry friend, I would if I could, but I can’t so I won’t. See to separate Jesus from Lord and Savior makes grace insufficient because there is Power in the blood that you and I do not possess. The Authority of God manifested in Jesus Christ requires submission, faithfulness, and obedience on our part to be saved. We are standing on holy ground because the Spirit of God has moved from the bush to the human heart. He lives inside of us so every moment of our life should be surrendered to Him as Lord. Jesus Christ died to set the sinner free and be our Savior and Lord. We must accept the full identity of Christ to properly answer the Call of God on our life and say, “Here I am. Send me.”
Exodus 3:10-15 (NLT)
Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.
Moses was excited about God’s Plan to set the Israelites free from slavery up until the time the Lord revealed his role in the plan. Insert screeching brakes here. Who me? Yes, you to paraphrase their dialogue. Moses like the plan but was not keen on his position in it. We want God’s Best and desire to experience the Lord’s Goodness in this lifetime, but have no interest in leaving the comfort and security of our self-constructed life to have it. Moses had good reason to not return to Egypt as there was probably a warrant of some sort for his arrest. He murdered a man. Now God didn’t just tell him to sneak back and organize a rebellion but come boldly into the presence of pharaoh and demand their release. You have got to be kidding?! No, I am not and neither was God. Welcome to the world of walking by faith and not by sight. God has a plan for your life. No matter how many times you mess up, it is still producing a message in your life. Every test is becoming your testimony. When the Lord calls, will you answer? Are you willing to go? God knows you. He created you. Every weakness was laid on the shoulders of Jesus Christ as He hung on the Cross. There is nothing that surprises God about you which means He has called and equipped you to carry out His Plan whether you feel like it or not. You don’t have to gather your resources, build an army, wait for an opening or any other manmade reaction. You must simply say, “Here I am. Send me.” God has made the Way. You must learn to walk in it.
I Samuel 3:9-10 (NLT)
So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. And the LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”
What now? Now that you know what the Lord expects and how to respond to an encounter with Him, what comes next? Wait for His Call. Don’t worry! The Lord is speaking to His Children. He has been whispering to you since you met Him at the Cross. He is just waiting for you to respond. If you have the winning lottery ticket stuffed in the overflowing junk drawer of your kitchen, you will never be a millionaire. You must respond when the winning numbers are drawn to win the prize. If you are oblivious, life goes on as you know it with the daily grind even though you have the potential to change your life forever it means nothing buried under all that garbage. Imagine what would happened if every Child of God listened for His Voice and responded, “Speak. Your servant is listening.” Are you listening for the Voice of God to speak to your heart today? He will. For more than four years, I have met with God each morning and He has spoken His Word, Will and Way into my life without fail. I just sit and wait until He comes. Then I respond by transcribing what He speaks in my life for you to read. His Voice demands a response. We choose to ignore the Lord or obey Him. He points in one direction and we choose which way we will go. We decide our destination by our willingness to live faithfully, righteously and obediently before the Lord. Is He your Lord today? He is talking to you. Are you listening? What is your response? Here I am. Send me. Speak, your servant is listening.
2 Peter 1:3-8 (NLT)
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, if you are a believer, then God is calling you to do more and be more. It is His Plan for all of His Children whether they choose to embrace it or not. No one looks at their newborn picturing them as a future felon but rather as a successful and productive human being. Why would God think of us as anything less? His Plan includes a sufficiency of grace to cover ever sin so we are empowered to live according to His Plan and Purpose. We are to be successful and productive people according to His Word bearing much fruit. We are to experience the Goodness of God in the land of the living which is here and now. But it does not happen our way, but God’s Way. We cannot live according to our will, but embrace God’s Will for our life which is perfection. There is more to life than this are you willing to walk in it. God is speaking to your heart…will you listen? Then decide to respond? Can you say, “Here I am. Send me” and mean it…
John 14:6 (NLT)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.