Send Me! By Carla Harris
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was seated on his throne. His long robe filled the temple. He was highly honored. 2 Above him were seraphs. Each of them had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces. With two wings they covered their feet. And with two wings they were flying. 3 They were calling out to one another. They were saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord who rules over all.
The whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 The sound of their voices caused the stone doorframe to shake. The temple was filled with smoke.
5 “How terrible it is for me!” I cried out. “I’m about to be destroyed! My mouth speaks sinful words. And I live among people who speak sinful words. Now I have seen the King with my own eyes. He is the Lord who rules over all.”
6 A seraph flew over to me. He was holding a hot coal. He had used tongs to take it from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with the coal. He said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away. Your sin has been paid for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord. He said, “Who will I send? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me!”
Have you ever paid attention to the layout of your classroom? The know it all’s sit in the front row, the know nothings try to sit as far in the back of the class as possible, and then there are the ones stuck in the middle. The teacher ask the questions and there is always that one person who knows all the answers and are the first to raise their hand. Then there are the ones in the back trying to hide behind the book so the teacher do not call on them. We all know it’s a matter of whether you studied or not. The teacher is a little craft though. He calls on the one with his or head down trying to avoid eye contact. The teacher's job is to help you conclude to the correct answer.
Is that what God just did to Isaiah? The day before class your given homework. In this case it the vision of the Father revealing Himself and His abilities to Isaiah. This vision is a preparation on what God was about to do to those around Isaiah. This vision was a warning. Your teacher gives you warnings also. Homework is a preparation to the test. Then the teacher ask the question to see if you know the answer. In this specific case the question is “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” Isn’t that just like a teacher to ask a question then quickly follow up with another question. “Carla do you know the answer? How did you come up with that answer? Isaiah was now prepared for the test now that God had laid the homework in vision form for him. He raises his hand faster than the person in the front row and without Jesus calling His name for the answer, he gladly blurts out the answer “Here I am, Send Me!!!”
When you received Jesus in your life a new understanding came over you. You start making small changes in our lifestyle, the way you represent yourselves, and the way you represent Him. With this new life lesson you were called to do some pretty large things. “Be Holy for I am Holy”. That is not easy. “Love thy enemy”. Wow, the hardest test ever. But this specific life style change is the hardest in today’s society. Acceptance and rejection are today's fabric of society. With or without it the fabric falls apart, and for some odd reason so do we. So when God, Himself, states who will go, most of the time we sit in the back of the class avoiding the question. The Bible says, "perfect love cast out all fear and go unto the nations declaring the name of the Lord" (authors translatation). So what's stopping us from accepting the call? If the Love of the Lord is perfect and it cast the fear away and if we are called to tell people about Jesus, why do we sit in the back of the class expecting the teacher to call on only the one with his or her hand raised. Are we not doing the homework? Do we not understand the question? There’s a simple solution.
Reading the bible is our homework and stepping out and speaking on behalf of the Lord is our test. Can we actually choose to pass or fail the test? The best thing about this test is the only way to fail is not taking the test at all.
Lord, thank you for accepting us flaws and all. Thank you, for calling us and redeeming us through your son. Thank you, for calling us to speak and declare you name to those who need you just like we do. I pray each person called by your name speaks with boldness to all people within their influence. That you would give them vision peace and acceptance to walk in the way of the Lord. May they never forget how they are called to go and declare your name and that you are with them. I pray you give them the words to speak and you surround them with the people who will walk with them as they boldly speak of the great things you have done and what you are still doing in their lives. Give them wisdom as they do their homework and study your word. Let them obtain all the knowledge needed so they could be a bridge between their family and friends to you.
In Jesus name, Amen.