Summary: God isn't looknig for qualified people as much as He is looking for willing people to serve Him. Are you willing to answer the call?

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Answering the Call

(Isaiah 6:1-8)

~ Intro: This year will be different (video) what are you willing to commit to?

The world did this in mass on new years day by making resolutions. A resolution is simply a firm decision to do or not do something.

4 things about answering the call we learn in our text, Isaiah 6:1

1. God uses circumstances to get our attention.(vrs 1-5)

• In reading these verses it is easy to become so impressed with the vision; that we pass over the circumstance that brought it about.

- It was a time of loss, an experience of grief for Isaiah as his friend had died.

- Uzziah’s death had left Isaiah feeling shocked and hopeless.

- Everything in Isaiah’s world was in confusion, his king was dead, his nation was in peril, and he could do nothing to change them!

- His earthly circumstances turned his eyes upwards.

- Notice this is when he “saw the Lord”

• What was the Lord doing? The Lord was sitting down! Calmly seated on His throne, God is totally in charge.

- He was not wringing His hands, wondering what will he do now Uzziah’s gone.

- Not worried about who will rule over the people, He is not phased at all by the situation.

• God gets our attention is so we will be aware of His presence.

- What is God allowing in our life to get our attention?

- Are we listening or getting frustrated?

2. God reveals His character to make us see our need.(vrs 6-7)

• Isaiah saw God and thought, who am I that I would even be here seeing this.

• Quote: “Whatever our excuses God is bigger than any of those reasons. He specializes in taking bruised, soiled, broken, guilty, and miserable vessels and making them whole, forgiven, and useful again”.

• God cleanses us making us fit for service. (consider these examples)

- Isaiah’s lips were cleansed so he could speak.

- ADAM was a failure.

- NOAH was a drunk.

- ABRAHAM was too old.

- ISAAC was a daydreamer.

- JACOB was a liar.

- LEAH was ugly.

- JOSEPH was abused.

- MOSES had a stuttering problem.

- GIDEON was afraid.

- SAMSON was a womanizer.

- RAHAB was a prostitute.

- JEREMIAH was too young.

- DAVID had an affair and was a murderer.

- ELIJAH was suicidal.

- ISAIAH preached naked.

- JONAH ran from God.

- NAOMI was a widow.

- JOB went bankrupt.

- JOHN the Baptist ate bugs.

- PETER denied Christ.

- The disciples all fell asleep while praying.

- MARTHA worried about everything.

- MARY MAGDALENE was demon possessed.

- The SAMARITAN WOMAN was divorced more than once.

- ZACCHEUS was too small.

- PAUL was too religious.

- TIMOTHY had an ulcer.

- And LAZARUS was dead

- What do we need to surrender to God for redemption?

3. God gives us hope so that we know we are useful.(vrs 8)

• God could have reached the people anyway he wanted to.

- Yet he chooses to use ordinary people like you and me.

• God touches us, changes us, gives us hope and then He sends us out.

- Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protector of England. During his battles with Charles 1st a problem occurred. They had run out of silver. Cromwell ordered a search throughout the land for silver. When his soldiers reported back; the news they gave him was bad; The only silver to be found is in the statues in the churches. Cromwell replied; “In that case we will melt down the saints and put them into circulation”.

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