I was introduced to Isaiah 6 by my Baptist Student Minister Andy Dennis. Andy helped me understand the context (worship), and the result of worship, mission. Part of the beauty of this passage is grace. Isaiah is commissioned by God to be a prophet for God, but he’s a “man of unclean lips, [who] dwell[s] in the midst of a people of unclean lips.”
How do we move from a person of sin, towards a person on mission and purpose?
A seraphim takes a burning coal from the altar, touches the lips of Isaiah and says: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” This signifies the fact that Isaiah has been shown grace, he has been forgiven. He was once in need of his sins being atoned for, and now they have been.
The following scene is the result of worship, the result of grace. The LORD asks: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” This is the call of response, and because there was nothing any longer holding Isaiah back, he responds: Here I am! Send me.”
Here’ my point: the measure you experience grace will be the measure you engage in mission.
If you’ve worshiped God and seen how His grace and forgiveness, you’re 100 times more likely to engage in His mission. Why? You’re more thankful, grateful, relieved, hopeful, and committed to God’s purposes and plans. For the most part because what you’ve now experienced, you want for other. This was true for Isaiah, is it true for you?
May we be like Isaiah, when he LORD asks: “Whom shall I send, & who will go for us?”
“Here I am! Send me.” (see Is6:8) #reclaimthemorning