Divine Note #35 - Aug. 30, 2009
Here I am Lord! Send me! Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah’s Cleansing and Call
1 It was in the year King Uzziah died[a] that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”
4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”
8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
9 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,
‘Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.’ 10 Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.”[b]
What's the purpose of your life?
The purpose of my life is to introduce as many people to Jesus Christ as possible, I want to influence a younger generation to walk in the Light from a young age and I also have a heart for those who are ill. Volunteering and serving my community and others has always been a way of life for me because God gave me the gift of empathy and I’ve used it throughout my lifetime. But after I saw the Hand of God and I told Him that I couldn’t do life by myself, my life changed and now my desire is to serve Him by serving as His representative on earth! One of the hands-on ways that I serve Jesus Christ is by visiting, listening to and praying for patients in a cardio unit of a hospital in town. I’ve always felt a calling to serve those who are ill; but it wasn’t until I asked God to take over my life that He empowered me to use my Spiritual gifts in a hospital setting. (I’ll be writing about gifts in a later note).
Really, it's not about you!
I conduct my hospital lay ministry on weekends because that’s when the hospital needs help and it’s also the toughest time for anyone to be in the hospital. Recently on my way to the hospital I started questioning why I was doing it and coming up with great excuses not to do it! Immediately, a song came on 89.3 FM – KSBJ with the phrase from Isaiah 6:8 - Here I am Lord! Send me! and my heart skipped a beat! I heard the Lord saying to me, “You are doing this for me. It’s not about you!” I immediately realized that I had been given a direct answer from God and I could make the choice to serve. Each time I hear from God, it’s very difficult for me to not choke up or bust out crying because it’s an intense and very wonderful experience.
What happens in your life from Monday through Friday?
Monday through Friday, my personal ministry is to arrive each morning and announce to my “cubeland” family, “GOOD MORNING! It’s marvelous Monday or terrific Tuesday or wonderful Wednesday or totally terrific Thursday and, of course, fabulous Friday” – regardless of how I’m feeling! My coworkers expect to receive the cheerful greeting that God wants them to have from me! I think that even those who are not “morning people” appreciate it! I also have special “sweet” names for most of my work family. For example, Angela is Angel Girl, Karl is Karlito, Steve is Stevie – you get the picture. It’s my job to make them feel special! I promise you that Jesus would probably do something similar! They are my work family after all!
Divine Notes are another tangible way that I use my God-given gifts to encourage you with practical messages designed to let you know that God knows your heart and that He loves you regardless of what you do or how you feel! Once I decided that God’s way was my way – life in my shoes stopped being silently desperate! I love that about Jesus! He’s so kind and so cool! I’m having the time of my life!
Are you willing to be a servant just like Jesus?
So, dear readers, the message is simple but powerful this week. You must be willing to be used by God, so that you can fulfill the purpose that you were made for! Once you find out what your divine purpose is, your life will be transformed as mine has been! As I’ve stepped out and responded, “Here I am Lord, send me!” I find that my heart is becoming a servant heart! It’s no longer about me – even though I still do good battle with myself!
Our Lord and King Jesus modeled what it meant to serve others.
In Matthew 20:20-28, Jesus clearly told his disciples after they became indignant when the mother of James and John asked Jesus for favored sitting spots for her sons next to Jesus in His Kingdom, “For even I, the Son of Man, came here to not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”
Come on now, don’t we all want the top dog spot without having to work for it? Many of us are guilty of that in many areas of our lives! I can tell you that I spent many years being selfish, full of pride and wanting people to cater to me. I still fight those urges! Every morning I have to ask God to let me be in His will for my life.
Many people prefer to lead and others like to follow but not many like to serve.
You and I were made to serve God! Until you step out of your personal comfort zone and work your God-plan, you will not enjoy the abundant life on earth that God wants you to have! It’s in those times when I’m praying with a patient, advising a teenager to stay in school and take the harder college prep courses, helping clean up a neighborhood or serving food in the name of Jesus, that I realize what a rich life I have as an unnamed servant of Jesus Christ! I would not trade my life for a million dollars! Would you? I pray that you step out and ask God to help you serve others. Get in a good Bible-based church and find out what your ministry gifts are! I’m not kidding when I ask you each week to give out Big God Hugs! A hurting world is waiting for you! Please respond! Be blessed by blessing others!
Serving with you,
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