Summary: Isaiah is a model for volunteering. There are many reasons why people volunteer. Isaiah did so for 3 reasons – an appreciation for what God had done for Him,a realization of others' need, and God’s will
Volunteering for Duty
In its simplest definition a volunteer is someone who freely, without any legal obligation, chooses to act in recognition of a need. In Mark 10:45 we read “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Christ came to serve and He expects us also to serve not out of compulsion but freely. Isaiah is a model for volunteering. There are many reasons why people volunteer. Isaiah did so for three reasons – an appreciation for what God had done for Him, realization of the need that others had, and a recognition of God’s will.
I. Isaiah volunteered out of appreciation for what God had done for him.
A. One reason people volunteer is out of gratitude for what they have received.
B. Isaiah encountered God and it radically changed him forever.
C. He had a vision of God, and he was devastated by the contrast between himself and the Lord.
D. Isaiah 6:5 “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
E. He saw himself as a vile wretched sinner. He cries out “I am undone, because I am unclean”, “I am silenced”, “I am doomed”. Jerry Bridges says that this was “remarkable considering Isaiah was a member of the religious elite"
F. When Isaiah said he was “unclean” he was saying that he had become consciously aware that in comparison to the holiness of God he was dirty, soiled, sullied, impure, polluted and unfit to be in the presence of God.
G. Isaiah's confession and contrition was met with God's gracious provision of mercy.
H. Psalms 85:10 “0 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”
I. When a person comes to the realization that they have “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and turn to Christ in repentance of their sin and acceptance of His cleansing God provides forgiveness and cleansing.
J. On June 1, 1973, Charles Colson visited his friend Tom Phillips, while Watergate exploded in the press. He was baffled and shocked at Phillips' explanation that he had "accepted Jesus Christ." But he saw that Tom was at peace and he wasn't. When Colson left the house, he couldn't get his keys in the ignition he was crying so hard. He says, ‘That night I was confronted with my own sin—not just Watergate's dirty tricks, but the sin deep within me, the hidden evil that lives in every human heart. It was painful and I could not escape. I cried out to God and found myself drawn irresistibly into his waiting arms. That was the night I gave my life to Jesus Christ and began the greatest adventure of my life.’ (Loving God, p. 247)
K. Grateful for God’s cleansing Isaiah stood ready to serve.
L. Psalms 66:16 “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.”