Responding to God’s call as a “volunteer?”

'Men, I need a volunteer to tell me how deep this water is!'

Those who have served in the military will understand this… They use the term “volunteer” differently than the general population (know what I mean?) Someone in high rank says, “Do I have any volunteers?” … and “volunteers” just materialize miraculously and quickly.

I think Isaiah’s experience with the Lord (Isaiah 6) had some similarities with that situation…

Isaiah had just had a powerful (and I mean POWERFUL!) encounter with Someone of “rank.” (Did you notice that I capitalized “Someone”?) Here’s the account from the Bible…

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. ‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty!’” (Isaiah 6:1–5 NIV)

Can you imagine having an experience like that with the Living God – Jehovah Himself – in all his holiness, splendor, and power – an experience that was visual, auditory and felt physically? A couple of feeble words come to mind – sometimes overworked, but appropriate… Wow!! Awesome!!

Then think about what comes next in the passage…

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I replied, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (vs. 8)

You know what, given what happened to Isaiah, I think I would have been inclined to respond with “Here am I, send me!” I don’t know though… I’ve seen how some people respond to authority. Isaiah’s experience with Jehovah probably helped, but his heart had to be inclined to respond to the Lordship of God. I just want to go on record as saying this… When God calls, I want to be ready with my strong affirmation – I want to say “Yes, here I am! Send me!” I really need and appreciate awesome experiences with God! I want them to influence me powerfully! But I also want to have a heart that’s ready to say “Yes!” … Don’t you?

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