February 23, 2021

Is It I, Lord?

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
One way to read the scriptures is to see it as a bunch of stories about what happened to other people—people who were much holier (or much more sinful) than I am. But a better way is to look for myself in the events and characters of the Bible. I might read the story of God's call to Isaiah and conclude that, while the way in which Isaiah began his work is very moving, it has nothing to do with me. But if I place myself in that story, I might realize my own need to be attentive to what God is asking me to do. My calling might not be the same as Isaiah's, but that doesn't mean that I need not look at the needs of my community and say, "Here I am, Lord; send me."

Whether through the words I speak or the actions I take, am I being called to lead someone home to God today? Can I make a difference in a chaotic world?

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
 2 Corinthians 5:20
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Here I am, Lord. Give me the insight I need to serve you in the world today. Whether my work be great or small, I will undertake it for your glory and in Jesus' Name.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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