Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom shall I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

Do you remember those days on the playground when you would split off into teams to play kickball? There would be two team captains and one by one they would assemble their teams. For the athletic and popular kids, there are not usually any hard feelings associated with this memory. However, for those who were generally picked last, this memory may stir up some unpleasant, suppressed childhood memories. Okay, maybe not, but I do remember the feeling of desperation that seemed to scream “Pick me! Pick me!” loud enough that you could hear my feelings! Nobody wants to be picked last because no one wants to feel unvalued or unwanted.

When I read Chapter 6 of Isaiah, I am reminded of that feeling of desperation to be picked. Isaiah had just seen the glory and beauty of God and he knew how small and worthless he was in comparison to God. However, God was looking for someone to join his team and wanted to use someone for a great purpose. Isaiah heard the Lord’s question and volunteered himself to join God’s team.

Isaiah was in the presence of the Lord which is why he was able to respond to God when there was work to be done. Had he not been close enough to hear the Lord ask for someone to join his work, he would have missed out on the opportunity to respond to the Almighty God.

Isaiah was on God’s team because he was willing to volunteer when God called for someone to respond. With humility and desperation, Isaiah wanted to join in on what God was doing in the world. Do you desire to be used by God with the same desperation?!

QUESTION 1. How are you spending time listening to God in your everyday life?
QUESTION 2. How would you respond to God calling you to do his work in the world around you?
CHALLENGE: Spend some time asking God where he wants you to serve this week. Join His team and play your heart out.
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