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!” – Isaiah 6:8
I truly believe that the best life, the greatest life, and the only life to live is the cross-shaped life. That is a life where we worship, we are discipled, we serve, and then we are sent.
Now, please understand that this is not an idea I made up. It actually comes from a vision that a prophet named Isaiah had 2800 years ago. Isaiah had a front-row seat to see who God really is and it changed his life forever. From that moment on, he became a “sent” person. The reasons he was sent are the same reasons that we should want to be sent as well.
Over the next couple of days, we’re going to look at these reasons together. We’ll look at the first today and then we’ll look at two more tomorrow.
The first reason we are sent is because of the holiness of God. I believe that the single most important picture of God you will find in all the Old Testament is in Isaiah chapter 6 because by reading Isaiah’s words, we learn what really makes God “God” and who God really is. He is the “Holy” God.
If you went through all the lexicons, dictionaries, and every thesaurus of this world to choose one word that would characterize God, it would have to be “holy.” God is a holy God. Every twelve references to the name of God in the Old Testament refers to God as “holy.” That adjective is used for God more often than all the other adjectives in the Old Testament put together. In other words, the chief attribute of God is not mercy, grace, love, compassion, power, or knowledge. The chief attribute of God is holiness. And it is because of this holiness that we should want to be sent so that we can proclaim His holiness to all the world.
Dear Lord, thank you for the example Isaiah set all of those years ago. Thank you for his willingness to be sent by you. Lord, I’m asking that you send me too, so that more people may come to know you personally, and that their lives will be forever changed because of you. In Jesus’ name, amen.