Back in the day, Isaiah had a wild vision of the Lord (Isaiah 6:5-13). At first, he was pretty freaked out. He exclaimed “Woe is me! For I am undone because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). This is a fairly standard response to seeing God in visions. Just ask Daniel, John and Ezekiel, who each fell on their faces at seeing the Lord in a visionary way. In any case, an angel put a hot coal to Isaiah’s lips which purified him (Isaiah 6:7). This seems really painful, but Isaiah didn’t complain. After this, Isaiah heard the Lord ask “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah quickly replied “Here am I. Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
Isaiah acknowledged his inability, recognized God’s empowerment and subsequently proclaimed his availability. Ultimately, that’s what the Lord is after. He wants us to recognize our own inability, receive His empowerment and be ready at a moment’s notice to be used by Him. God is looking for joyful warriors, followers of Jesus that will immediately obey the call to love Him and love others, fearlessly marching into battle no matter what (2 Timothy 2:3-4). There’s no doubt, our lives are not our own anymore. We were bought with the blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We don’t call the shots; He does. This means that our habits, routines, customs, preferences, dreams and ambitions are subject to what God has to say. He comes first.
Consider Paul. In the face of probable persecution and possible death, he said “Nor do I count my life of value to myself, so that I may joyfully finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:24). Elsewhere, he joyously declared “I count everything as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have forfeited the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). In light of eternity, really, nothing else matters but Jesus Christ and where you stand with Him. Are you following Him? Are you committed to His plan for your life? It’s the narrow path, but it’s the path of life (Matthew 7:13-14). Every knee will bow before Jesus someday; it’s best to bow the knee voluntarily now while you have the chance (Philippians 2:9-11).
Jesus isn’t just the Savior of the world. He is the Lord over all of creation. With this in mind, we’ve been commissioned as soldiers in His army to make disciples, preach the Gospel and love others as ourselves, among other things. He’s put us on this earth, at this time, in whatever area we find ourselves in, to do something very specific for His glory. It’s time to count the cost, step out of our comfort zone and do exactly what the Lord guides us to do.