Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for.
Not Readiness, But Willingness
One of my first responses to any prompting from the Spirit goes along the lines of: Well, surely there’s someone better qualified, more mature, and just all-around more worthy than me to do it. And while that statement is true, it misses the essence of God’s work in the lives of believers. It’s not about readiness, though.
Because the truth is that it’s God who makes you ready. Essentially, then, the question is never whether you’re ready for an assignment; rather, the question is always whether you are willing to go in faith.
Not By Our Own Doing
In the text for today, we see how the Lord assures Isaiah of the healing, purification, and sanctification that will be provided to strengthen and equip him for the task at hand. It is a mistake to think that we can clean ourselves up or truly justify ourselves before God.
Our proper response to God is always submission, followed by obedience through the power of the Spirit.
What’s My Calling?
So what’s our mission? Jesus told us quite clearly that we are to make disciples by going with purpose, baptizing those who believe, and teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded. I won’t even ask whether you’re ready for that task, because of course you’re not . . . and neither am I!
But I will ask whether you’re willing to make disciples. If so, the Spirit will do a great work to prepare you for this great purpose.
Take a moment to consider the role that discipleship currently plays in your life. Are you connected with fellow believers, those who will disciple you, so that you can disciple others? If not, take that next step in obedience. If you’re willing, call or email your church staff and ask to be discipled.