Where might the Lord lead us if we join the prophet in his prayer of consecration and commission?
"Here am I, send me" (Isaiah 6:8).
We do not know for sure what our destination of the day will be as our Heavenly Father guides us by the Holy Spirit to serve as "ambassadors for Christ" (II Corinthians 5:20). We make our plans, which frequently transpire as expected. However, the Lord frequently leads us along unexpected paths that offer both pleasant blessedness and challenging difficulty. As one political ambassador to a foreign land once commented, "You learn to expect the unexpected when representing your government in faraway places. The day sometimes seems like a delight, and sometimes a disaster." Most importantly, we realize our calling to represent the Lord Jesus in a manner faithful to His person and purpose, whether in blessing or challenge. "We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord" (II Corinthians 4:5). Wherever our commission to honor the Lord make take us, we go for the holy purpose of furthering His reputation and to fulfill His intentions rather than our own.
We do well to begin our days in the spirit of Isaiah's "Here am I, send me" devotion to the glory and will of God. Thereby we remember our high and holy calling, and thereby we establish the frame of heart that makes it far more likely we will serve as the ambassadors our Lord calls us to be. This involves both how we live and what we say. As the old saying suggests, "Preach the Gospel wherever you go. Use words when necessary." Faithful representatives conduct themselves according to their calling at all times, realizing that every encounter offers the opportunity to communicate our Master by both demeanor and declaration. Believers exist for such a glorious and challenging endeavor. Thus, we do well to greet the rising sun of every day with remembrance of our commission to represent the risen Son in our doings, our sayings, our all…
"Whatsoever ye do… do all to the glory of God."
(I Corinthians 10:31)
"I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of Thy righteousness, even of Thine only."
Weekly Memory Verse
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.