The prophet Isaiah could not have imagined the impact the vision God showed him would have on his life or his unclean lips. The real beneficiaries of his vision are you and I and the many believers that come out of that great multitude of people of unclean lips. If we are to see “the King, the Lord of Hosts, high and lifted up” we must share the vision. Isaiah was the nephew of King Uzziah, whom had recently died, and probably spent a reasonable part of his life among royalty and people of high standing. Although, Isaiah was a relative of the King, he could have chosen to stay in the palace, instead he chose to make himself available to the God of Heaven and Earth.
I am amazed when I see how God takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things through them because of their devotion to Him. You do not have to have links to earthly nobility or royal families, just be available for Him to work through you. Many of us are partakers in service to the things of God but have not devoted ourselves to Him. We all have gifts and skills that make us able, but gifts and skills do not make you available. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:1 we are to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God”. Meaning we are to be available, which is our reasonable service.
Certainly, the Prophet Isaiah understood the benefits of presenting himself for service to God fifteen hundred years before the Apostle Paul, and as educated as today’s Christians are, many still do not understand present, the first step in service. “And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not” (Isaiah 6:9). God’s wisdom and understanding of the plight of humanity is infinite and far beyond our mortal comprehension of who we are, why we are here and what we will do while we are here.
God knows after the acceptable men and women, the second step in service, “Tell this people,” you and I, we will hear indeed, but understand not. Every day we see the awesome miracle-working power of God in our lives and others yet we perceive not. Why? Because we have not yet made ourselves available to God the Father for His divine purposes on earth and in heaven. Truly, it is God who makes us able, but it is each person’s decision of free will to make him or herself available to Him. Mother, father, sister or brother cannot do it for you, you have to do it.
“And Jesus said unto them. Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). Take a look at the twelve men Jesus chose to make His disciples, fishers of men, you will not find anyone of them on the “Who’s Who List of Judea.” Rather, you will find that these men were unknown and undistinguished in their communities and certainly were so abroad. Still, “Straightway they forsook their nets, and followed Him” (Mark 1:18). If you do not understand anything else about service to God please understand this, the work of God does not depend on talent or intelligence, post or personality.
“For if there be first a willing mind, it is acceptable according to that a man has, and not according to that he has not” (II-Corinthians 8:12). Every person has his and her own different strengths and weaknesses, but God can use any of us to carry out His purposes. The Church Body of Christ is made up of many parts—some clearly visible, some hidden, all useful. God will make the most of the special talents and spiritual gifts He has given each of us, if we would only raise our hands and make ourselves available to Him. I am so grateful to God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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- Isaiah and Holiness (chadelliott.wordpress.com)