God Seeks Our RSVP
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled the temple. Seraphim were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth. The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke. Then I said: Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, [and] because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts. Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth [with it] and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, and your sin is atoned for. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me. And He replied: Go! Say to these people: Keep listening, but do not understand; keep looking, but do not perceive. Dull these people’s minds; deafen their ears and blind their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their mind, turn back, and be healed. Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” And He replied: Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants, houses are without people, the land is ruined and desolate, and the Lord drives the people far away, leaving great emptiness in the land. Though a tenth will remain in the land, it will be burned again. Like the terebinth or the oak, which leaves a stump when felled, the holy seed is the stump. Isaiah 6:1-13 (HCSB)
Although most of us will never have the amazing experience of being in the presence of the Lord as Isaiah revealed in this passage – at least in this life – we all have the opportunity for the Lord to make His presence known in our lives. Like Isaiah, there may come a moment in time when we realize that our sins will be revealed when we draw close to God. However, there is good news. We have been created with spiritual DNA that enables our actions and attitudes to turn from disobedience to obedience. God’s loving kindness simply requests that we confess our disobedience, then love him first and foremost, above all others and things in our life, then we will enthusiastically embrace God’s will, ways and wisdom. Our ears will become attuned to God’s desires for our life and we will respond as did Isaiah.
Once the conversion occurs in our life, God does not step away and leave us on our own. He nurtures, guides and prepares us for living the second command – love others as we love ourselves. With our heart, soul and mind set to his will, ways and wisdom, he does not have to tap us on the shoulder to get us to volunteer to love others. But, before we hastily run out the door, stop and seek the Lord’s direction. Prayerfully seek to discern what God wants you to do and realize that success may not include the response we would expect. Isaiah heard his audience would not listen and even reject the message. Success is measured by our obedience, not the response of those we are called to reach out to help. Most often we are but the messenger.
Will we all have a huge task like Isaiah, probably not. The Lord may guide you to one specific person when he gives you your marching orders, but whether your mission is one person at a time or one much grander in scale, serve the Lord with the same attitude of “no retreat, no reserve, and no regrets!” God is not measuring the quantity of work you do for him, but your heart-felt willingness to do what he asks of you. In the God’s Kingdom, small tasks are as important as the highly visible mega tasks. The only applause you should desire is his.
What will your RSVP sound like when you hear his invitation?