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?
Answering the Call
~ 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”.