Irvin Wasswa- Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC

Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

When I was in high school, obtaining my driver’s license was a big deal at my house. Since I was the oldest of the siblings, I was now able to go and run errands when needed. Often times, my mom would ask if I could go and do something for her, and often I would go. My motivating factor was that, at the end of the day, I was living in my mom and dad’s house. They made the rules. I was worried that if I didn’t follow the rules, they might just pack my suitcase up and tell me to hit the road because, they didn’t play. The times I wanted to “buck the system” and tell her no, those thoughts of “oh wait, she is mom and she could kick me out of the house if she wanted” loomed in my mind and got me right real quick! I was motivated to listen because of my good ol’ fashioned no nonsense parents.

In Isaiah 6 we see Isaiah the prophet motivated in another way to answer the call to go. In verses 1-7 we see Isaiah step onto the scene. He is dejected due to the death of his friend King Uzziah. The king was one of the best kings in the life of Israel and his death was a big loss. In the midst of his grief he sees the Lord. Which by the way, aren’t you glad the Lord meets us right where we are? He meets us on the mountaintop and in the valley. Hallelujah! Isaiah sees the Lord and His glory and it leads to his repentance, which then leads to restoration. By the way, when you encounter the Lord, you leave differently than the way you came.

In a span of seven verses, Isaiah goes from a man who is grieving due to loss, to a man broken over his own sin, repenting and then being restored. In verse 8 we see the famous call of the Lord and Isaiah responds. Listen friend, the same call is for you and I today. Who will go? Whom shall I send? The Lord is looking for available children of God who are willing to answer Jesus’ call in John 20:21 when He says “Just as the father has sent me, so I am sending you.” The question is will you go?

 There are many people the Lord has placed in your path who are in need of the hope of Jesus Christ. There are neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members who are searching for truth and listen, you have the answer. The question is will you go?

 To this day, I am thankful for godly people like the Noey’s who lived in my neighborhood and did Taekwondo with my family, who invited us into their life and to church, and through those experiences I had a chance to hear the Gospel. I am thankful for other adults who decided to answer the call to live sent and share the Gospel with me. Aren’t you glad someone decided to share with you? May your testimony be that you responded to the call of God by saying “Here I am, send me.”

God desires to use us to be his agents of hope in this dark and broken world. He used a man who was grieving the loss of a friend, who was broken due to his sin to be an agent of hope. Listen, he wants to use you too. Confess your sin to him and let him restore you. He wants to empower you through the Holy Spirit to use you. The question is, are you willing? Will you go?

Lord, help identify the people in my life who need to hear the Gospel message. Help me to identify that one person and give me the boldness to answer your call. Lord, here I am, send me today to be a light and witness to a dark and broken world. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.