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.”
We often talk about answering God when He’s directly speaking to us. But what about when He asks for a volunteer in an auditorium filled with people? Will we raise our hand and say, “Me! Pick me!” Or will we make ourselves small and hide behind our insecurities and fears?
I’ve found myself in the latter group more often than the first. I sound like Moses, “I’m not ready, I’m not capable, I can’t do that, send someone else.” I avert my eyes away from my Savior and pretend not to hear the question. It’s a big world, and there are many people more capable and qualified than me.
Dare we ask ourselves, “What if?” What if we stepped forward to volunteer? What if we stood up to our fears and declared, “Here I am! Send me!” Where would God send us?
He sent Isaiah to preach an unpopular message. He sent others to save nations. He sent some to save just one lost sheep. Some lived illustrious lives filled with adventure and victory. Others died in their service to the King.
Today we remember our own servicemen who died while serving this country. They answered the call of military service and said, “Here I am! Send me!” We have so much to thank these men and women for. Because of them, we live in a free nation. Because of their sacrifices, others get to live long, full lives. Because they went before us, we are America the Beautiful. Even with all our faults and failures, they saw this nation as worth the price of service. And perhaps if we remember them with gratitude and attempt to live worthy of their sacrifice, we’ll build a brighter future for this nation.
Jesus also died in service to His people. Not just one nation, but all people. His life for ours. His victory supplanted our defeat. Jesus stood up and said, “Here I am, send me” when we needed a Savior. So let’s offer God our gratitude by living in a way that honors Him. When we raise our hand and say, “Here I am, Lord, send me,” we are volunteering to join God’s army. And we’re pledging to obey and surrender our will to His.
Somehow, that surrender brings us true freedom. Freedom from fear, depression, anxiety, anger, bitterness, and hatred. We may go through many battles before freedom is won. The way will not be easy, but we can rest secure under the banner of Christ. Jesus goes before us. He is our Commander-In-Chief, and He guarantees the victory.
Join me in saying to God our Father, “Here I am! Send me!” Then watch in wonder as the One who goes before us leads to our next mission field. Lives will change, hearts will turn to God, and His glory will illuminate the darkness.
Follow Jesus to the next adventure!
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I want to follow Jesus! How do I get started?
“This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
1 John 4:13-15
If you are ready to join the family of God, simply believe and ask. You can choose your own words or pray the prayer below. God hears your heart, simply confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and let the Spirit lead you.
“Father, I want to be yours. Forgive me of my sins. I believe that you sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and thank you for the gift of salvation through Him. I invite the Holy Spirit into my heart and surrender my life to You. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Feel free to spend time just talking to God and sharing your heart with Him. Let Him speak to you and listen as He leads you forward into new life. Welcome to the family.
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