Here am I, send me

John 20:21 – Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 

Throughout the Old Testament, we read of people who God sent to do a task. Sometimes, they were people who were not expecting to be called. They were just going about their business and lives when God came down and called them to His purpose.  

Sometimes, it was more of a volunteer. Isaiah saw a vision of the holiness and majesty of God. His heart was convicted of it’s sinfulness. His heart was convicted of the sins of the people. Then a seraphim took a coal off the alter, touched it to Isaiah’s mouth and said “Thine iniquity is taken away and thy sin purged”. Then Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”. Then Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me.” And God did send him.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus came to Earth. It was foretold in eternity past that God would send a sacrifice, a perfect sacrifice, to take away the sins of the world. Before man was even created, God knew that man would fall, that man would need a Saviour. And Jesus was that Saviour. God sent Him to Earth, to live a perfect life, to fulfill the law, to be taken by sinful man and to be beaten, mocked, spit upon and nailed to a cross. He was sent to take our sins upon Himself and to die to make that perfect sacrifice for sins.

And just as God sent Jesus, Jesus now sends us. We have a purpose for living. We have a calling to fulfill. God left us here for a reason. We are to reach the world. We are to be a guiding light, bringing lost souls to the Saviour. Yes, we must work, we must raise our families. Yes, we have a multitude of responsibilities in our daily lives. But our purpose, our goal, our mission, is to reach a lost and dying world with the gospel. It is not only the preacher that is called. It is not only the Sunday School teacher who is called. We are ALL called of God to see others saved. May we all pray that we would have the heart of Isaiah, and say “Here am I, send me.”