Monday, May 25, 2015

Isaiah 6:1-8 Vision Leads to Mission

KEY TEXT: Isa 6:3-5 And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!"

KEY THOT: Isaiah’s vision of the Lord was as One whose glory fills the whole earth. This Lord he worships is not just a God “up there” (transcendence) but also a God “down here” (immanence): “for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts (NIV: Lord Almighty; NET: Lord who command armies; NLT: Lord of Heaven’s Armies)” (v.5). Essentially, he saw God as one who is absolutely powerful and sovereign over heaven and earth. He was the reigning King!

The vision of God’s glory was so overwhelming that Isaiah became self-conscious and sin-conscious and he cried out: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!" (Isa 6:5). In the blinding light of God’s glory, we see ourselves as we really are: all our selfishness and sinfulness are exposed. 

It was also this overwhelming vision of God’s glory that prepared him for his mission and ministry. Because Isaiah was in God’s presence, he heard the Lord’s conversation within the Godhead: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And his immediate response: "Here am I! Send me." (v.8). His vision leads to mission.

It’s not vision statements that motivate people to ministry or mission: it’s the vision of God’s glory that propels people to give their lives to serving God. I need to draw near to God daily to behold his glory in His Word. It’s only when I see God as Lord of hosts, and as holy that I am motivated to continue to serve. It’s his greatness and glory that keep me going because I know there is no salvation anywhere else but in God, who is the King of glory, the Lord of hosts!

I mustn’t allow events and people to shape how I do my ministry. My ministry must always be governed by the vision of God’s glory as revealed in Isaiah 6:3. It’s the only “vision statement” that I need: He is almighty and he is in absolute control. Hallelujah! Let others doubt and debate “for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Tim 1:12, NKJV).

Father, I thank You that I’m not just serving the church but I am serving the King of glory, the Lord of hosts! What a privilege and what a joy! Amen.

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