In the year that sKing Uzziah died I tsaw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train1 of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had usix 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:
4 And wthe foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and xthe house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! yFor I am lost; zfor I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen theaKing, 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 btouched 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 forcus?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” – Isaiah 6:1-8
I understand there is a lot here in this passage. We can speak of the throne room of the Lord that Isaiah witnessed and the seraphim and the praise going on in this moment. We can immediately feel the intensity of the Lord’s voice when we read “the foundations shook at the voice of him who called”. Yet today, this Sunday, I want to focus on the end… (which will be our beginning).
I am a pretty passionate guy. I believe this has been my style for as long as i can remember. I get fired up, i stay fired up, and often, my fire gets a few others going as well. Back home, a simple “Amen” or a hand clap in church during the message was not uncommon from my section of the seats. As I continue to implement the same enthusiasm here at our new church home, sometimes it lands well and other times there is dead silence following. Not my problem. You see, when God gets ahold of a man’s heart, soul, & life, there is very little that a worldly community can do to slow that man down. Although for some, these Spirit led passions take off very quickly after salvation, others take some time to find the gas for the fire.
I have had to practice my UNDERSTANDING of passion control and passion implementation as it can be unsettling if a neighbor is not expecting it. I have had to “fine tune” and adjust the direction and tone of the encouragement and this is a practice I am sure i will need to continue right up to the grave. I just cannot explain how it feels inside my head and body when the POWER that brings out the passion shows up. It is simply unexplainable.
Here is Isaiah 6 I assume Isaiah was a bit overwhelmed. Immediately we see his humility and wisdom in that he cries out to the Lord, “I am lost, I am unclean!” in an effort to plead with the Lord of his fatal faults that could NEVER be present in front of GOD’s HOLINESS! Isaiah knew this right away! Wouldn’t we as well ?
The Seraphim immediately singes his lips with the coals as if to hush him as a loving mother would do her child, “You’re guilt is gone”… relax.. we got this… and then the call the Lord …. “Who shall I send?”
“Here I am! Send Me” Isaiah responded.
“Here I am! Send Me” He says. I wonder if he really knew the call or it’s requirements? I wonder if his passion was leading him here? I wonder if the awe and presence of God in this moment was just so darn good and amazing that he knew whatever the call involved he was in. He was going to be involved and was ready?
Man, if we can just raise our hands? “Here I am, Send me” If we can just put our hand up and be ready to answer God’s call for us.
The call to encourage others, to preach, to help those in need, to be a husband, to be a father, to stay faithful, to not be selfish, to engage with others, to engage with strangers!
I don’t know what it is for you… For myself it has transformed from one small call to another and then to a larger one and then a larger one yet after that… Consistent responses of “Here i am” will make our passion strong and our duty unstoppable.
Raise you hand.