Accepting the call

I read this in a segment of my women’s Bible commentary. It is noteworthy and worth reading over once or twice.

“Also 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 6:8

All Christians are called to be holy in an unholy world! In Isaiah 6, the prophet was called to personal holiness and devoted service by the Holy God. God spoke to Isaiah, setting him apart from others for kingdom ministry. Can you imagine that divine encounter in the temple, with the Lord “sitting on a throne, high and lifted up” and the seraphim (or fiery creatures) praising God and proclaiming His glory (v.2)? No wonder Isaiah responded, “Woe is me, for I am undone!” (.5) A sinful, unclean man was in the presence of God who is Holy and without sin. The prophet recognized his helpless state and cried out to God in Repentance. He received the total forgiveness of God by grace and not by his own personal works. Then the prophet was in a position to hear and answer the Lord’s call.

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The three postures of Seraphim who proclaimed the holiness of God teach a powerful lesson to believers who seek to follow the Lord. Scriptures says that ech or the seraphim had six wings and “with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and two he flew” (v.2) each position suggests a response from a believer in the presence of a Holy God.

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  • Reverence. -That the serephim covered their faces sh9ws of intensity of God’s holiness, resulting in profound respect and love
  • Humility. – That the seraphim covered their feet shows shows the humility or total dependence upon God.
  • Service. -That the seraphim flew reveals their desire to serve God with all their hearts.

When encountering God

and His holiness, our natural response should be reverence, humility, and service. As we confess our sinfulness, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Have you had a personal encounter with God? Has His holiness convicted you of your sinfulness? Have you confessed your sin to Him and received His gracious gift of forgiveness? If not, you can do so now by asking Him to come into His heart. You can have a personal relationship with God, and then respond humbly to His call to service.

As a six-and-a-half-year-old-girl, I recognized my sin and heard God’s call to salvation. As a fifteen-year-old teenager, I heard God’s call to Christian service. Both times I replied, “Here am I, Lord!” I have followed Him in faith and ministry all my life. I heard His call daily leading me to live a holy, set apart life and must respond in obedience. His call for salvation and service is for all. What will your response be? Will you join the prophet Isaiah in saying, “Here am I! Send me”?

-Rhonda Harrington Kelley