19 JANUARY 2020 RESPONDING TO GOD’S GLORY, LOVE & CALL In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:1-3 and Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah had a vision of the mighty God sitting upon a throne, heard His call and offered himself for service. Do we also see Him there? John received a similar vision of God, Revelation 7:10 “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb”. Seeing the Lord in His rightful place will reveal to us our utmost need of Him. When that need is met, our hearts are filled with thanksgiving and we are willing to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. Although it is impossible for mortal man to see God in His full splendour, Isaiah received a glimpse of His glory. He saw the train of God’s robe filling the temple. What kind of robe must that have been, and what caused smoke to fill the temple? This awe-inspiring vision brought Isaiah to the realization of his depravity. As he recognized his need, cleansing was offered to him. After being purged of iniquity and sin, Isaiah received a commission from God. And then we have Peter, Peter heard the call to service on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He immediately left his work and followed Jesus. After Jesus’ resurrection, He met a small group of the disciples on the shores of the sea of Tiberias and made breakfast for them. After breakfast Jesus questioned Peter three times on his love for Him, after each question, Jesus instructed Peter, “Feed my sheep.” The Lord gave Peter a commission. Thereafter, Peter zealously worked at spreading the gospel to all races and nations. The same commission applies to each believer today. There is something about the good news of salvation that requires telling. It has been repeated over and over, sometimes at the cost of much human suffering. Why do men give their lives to tell this story? Why has there been and continues to be such opposition to it? When the gospel message becomes real in people’s hearts, it lights a fire that cannot be quenched by outside forces. It reaches down to the needs of the human heart and offers a remedy. That is why men are inspired to tell the story. Over and over God’s Word has changed lives. Not only does it change lives, it transforms the soul. Only God’s Word can do this. God puts His love in the hearts of His children, and that love must be expressed. We know that sin has brought tremendous sorrow and suffering to this earth. It has affected many lives with tragic consequences. This sinful world needs hope and comfort. God’s Word offers hope for every sin-weary soul. Each born—again Christian becomes a messenger of that hope. Isaiah proclaimed: “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary” Isaiah 50:4 How do I know what my part is? When do I say a word for my Father? Am I to serve at home or abroad? Who can answer these questions better than the Creator of all things? In our searching, we need to sincerely ask the Father what He requires of us. If we humbly offer our service, the Lord is ready to point us in the direction we should take. He will answer in a way that we can understand. Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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