Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 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!”
As I read the story of the commissioning of the prophet Isaiah I was struck by something. In the verse preceding this Isaiah is lamenting his situation. Isaiah was brought into the presence of a holy God and was aware of his own unworthiness. He is then made clean, made worthy by being touched with the coal. What we see next is what I struck me. God does not then instruct or direct Isaiah to then go and prophesy, but asks "whom shall I send?" The response of Isaiah needs to be our response. In light of what God has done to bring us to his side, we now go for him. What this looks like is different for every one of us, but one thing is sure. Our lives are lived out in response to the faith God has given to us. So whether it is to your co worker, your neighbour, the homeless person you pass everyday, there is a simple fact we need to take better hold of as the church. We are the sent out ones. We are called to engage the lives of people, to enter their darkened and dim worlds and be a light. A light of hope, of restoration and renewal. We do not go to preach, to judge to condemn, but to do the same thing Jesus has done for us, to love, to heal and to redeem. So take time to pray that God will open your eyes and your heart to see the people He is calling you to. Ask Him to give you His heart for those people, and to show you how you can be light, hope and peace.