“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
If we realise our place before God – the utter sinfulness of our heart – we would, as Bryan suggested, fall before him and cry out – Woe is me!
And if God were to cleanse that sin from us, purifying us from that unrighteousness, our natural response would be that of elation, submission, and obedience.
So if God then asked, “Who will tell people?” – we would jump at the chance, and say with jubilation, “Here I am, Send me.”
But a stubborn, proud heart remains unmoved by the grace of God. It stays cold and immovable, blind to the love of God, and the world around. This week’s message, Here Am I, Send Me, is not simply a call to global missions. As Bryan correctly stated, it is a natural response to understanding our relationship to God – our relationship with God – and our relationship to the world around us.
Do you love God? With all your heart, soul, mind and strength? Then do you love your neighbour as yourself?
And so we are asked, “Who will go? Who will be the herald of the Good News of the Kingdom of God?”