You are calling me to be Your man, and I declare I will step up.

We have all heard the first part of the commission of Isaiah in Isaiah 6:8, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” I have often seen this verse as a written calling that also applies to us. But if you haven't read the passage recently, you might be surprised, its not primped and proper. Stop and read the context of this verse, read Isaiah 6:1-10 right now.

What a scene. What a commission. Can you imagine seeing and hearing what Isaiah saw? I know I can't. The thing that as interesting to me is the message that God had for Isaiah to the people. It is not exactly one of peace and happiness. Despite lack of a warm and cozy message, I see the application of this passage differently that I have before. Here are my observations.

Upon Isaiah seeing God in His glory and hearing the praises to God, he was humbled. He understood his unworthiness and lack of qualification. I believe the better we see God and understand our relationship to Him, we will see how unworthy and unqualified we are.  I know I have a too high view of myself at times, how about you?

I find it interesting that after Isaiah's declaration and before his conversation with God, his guilt was removed and his sins were forgiven. Let's not forget our position of justification before God because of what Jesus did for us. We have it much better than Isaiah did, we have the Holy Spirit and Jesus living in us (Hebrew 11:13, 39-40)

Look at God's message for Isaiah:

"He said, “Go and tell this people:“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving. Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” -Isaiah 6:9-10

Let's be honest most of the time we are like this. We have heard God's message many times but don't understand or do anything different. We have seen what needs to be done, yet we do nothing about it. We have become calloused, deaf and blind. From the place of humility and honesty, God can change us and use us.

What I find even more interesting is, if we take the last part of verse 10, and invert it, we see the hope. If we see with our eyes, hear with our ears and understand with our hearts, we will turn and be healed.

Let's do it. Let's see with our eyes. Let's see what needs to be done and stop being blind. Let's hear with our ears. Let's hear what God is calling us to be and do and stop being deaf. Let's understand with our hearts and put it into action, and stop being dumb. Only in this position can we fully answer "Here I am send me" to the call of "Whom shall I send? Who will go?"

I declare I will step up. I declare I will go.

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