This morning I was reading Isaiah 6, which is one of my favorite chapters of the book.
In this chapter, Isaiah has a vision and sees God sitting on His throne with angels flying around Him worshipping. In response to God’s glory Isaiah repents in verse 5 saying: “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!”
Then an angel takes a burning coal and touches Isaiah’s lips, to signify that the sin he mentioned has been removed. The angel says: “Behold, this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sin is atoned for.”
The next verse, verse 8 says:
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me!””
Isaiah was not reluctant about serving God. When God asked, Isaiah didn’t respond by asking “Am I here?”. He didn’t look around for someone else to volunteer. His immediate reaction was: “Send me!” Isaiah knew what God had done for him, and because of that he had no desire to do anything but serve God.
This should be our attitude: “Here am I! Send me!” That doesn’t necessarily mean that He will send you to another country. He might send you to your neighbor, your family member, a co-worker, a classmate, or a stranger. You just have to be open to where God is leading you.
So my question is: Are you asking God “Am I here?” or telling Him “Here am I! Send me!”?