In my last blog I talked about how we are all part of the bucket brigade that is taking the truth of God’s Word to the pastors in India so they can fight the fires of Satan and advance God’s kingdom in that country. I am the one who has the privilege of passing the word on to them in conferences, sermons and books. Therefore I want to make sure I am ready to do the job God would have me do. God doesn’t force any of us to get in line to pass on His Word, it is up to us. But there are qualifications to first be met.
In Isaiah 6:1-9 we have the account of Isaiah volunteering to carry God’s message to the people of his day. The passage starts with an awesome picture of God’s greatness and glory as His throne in heaven is described (read Isaiah 6:1-4). We can’t really serve God until we have a true picture of how great and powerful, how holy and majestic and how worthy of worship and service He is.
When Isaiah sees God’s greatness in heaven, he realizes his own unworthiness to serve Him (Isaiah 6:5). He is convicted of his own sin and failure. We can only see ourselves clearly as we see ourselves in comparison to His greatness. That is necessary for us to recognize our need for cleansing. When Isaiah recognized his need for cleansing then God provided it for him (Isaiah 6:6-7). We cannot serve God until we are cleansed. We must be a clean vessel for Him to use, sanctified and set apart for His service.
Now Isaiah is ready to serve. He has met the qualifications of conviction and cleansing. Now he can consecrate himself to God’s service, to carrying God message wherever He wants it. God asks for volunteers and Isaiah quickly surrenders to His will (Isaiah 6:8). God never forces us, he gives us opportunities to carry the bucket of the Word to others, but He never forces us to do so. When we make ourselves available He will use us, as He did Isaiah (Isaiah 6:9). Isaiah faithfully served God during the reign of 4 kings, for 50 years. He was one of Israel’s greatest bucket-passers, but he suffered terribly. He was rejected, tortured and martyred by being sawn in half lengthwise with a wooden saw. Being a bucket-passer isn’t always easy, but what better use can you make of your life than being part of having His Word go where it is needed?
Isaiah 6:1-9 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
Where are you in those 4 steps of 1) conviction, 2) cleansing, 3) consecration and 4) commission? Are you available to be used by Him to spread His Word wherever He wants? Will you look for opportunities to do so in your daily life today? Ask Him to give you opportunities, then make sure you take advantage of them when they come.