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Friday, December 28, 2012

Here am I...

You know the passage; you know the story, Isaiah 6:1 - 13.  Isaiah is caught up to the throne room of God.  He sees the Holy one sitting on the throne and he is undone.  After being cleansed by the burning coal Isaiah responds to the Lord’s search for a messenger.  “Here am I.  Send Me.”
All of us are owned by the fact of the overwhelming grace that God has exercised on hour behalf.
Paul has a similar reaction to his encounter with God.  We read in 2 Corinthians 5:14 – 21, that the love of Christ controls Paul’s actions.  Like Isaiah, he is all in to what the Lord would have him to do.  Note that both men were not guaranteed any success nor appreciation for what they did.  Isaiah was pretty much guaranteed failure in Isaiah 6:9 – 13.  Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:5 – 10 outlines his experience in following hard after Christ.  Apparently success in their ministries was not measured by head count of those following but by something else.

Each of us should respond as Isaiah and Paul.  Our desire to follow should be quick on our lips and swift to our feet.  Success is not measured by our production.  It is measured, as it was with Paul and Isaiah, but the heart of our obedience.

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