Glad to have you reading my sermon musings once again. The sermon text for Sunday is Isaiah 6:1-8, the calling of Isaiah. It is a tough text with lots of strange images including seraphim, fire and smoke, as well as shaking doorposts. The passage concludes with a question from God to Isaiah, and then Isaiah's response to God. Verse 8 reads, "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I, send me.'"
As I have told you before, all of us are called by God to proclaim His message...that is the purpose of the church and also the road that every Christian must walk. With that said, however, we all have a choice in the matter. Do we accept God's call and mission for our lives, or do we reject it?
I am afraid that many have rejected God's calling to be an active participant in faith because they do not want to be bothered. They would rather be comfortable doing their own thing their own way; frankly, that is the wrong way to live. I want you to know that we have a responsibility as Christians to make ourselves available to God for His work in our lives.
So my question to you is simple: are you available to help, or are you away from your post? Do you want to be who God has called you to be, or would you rather somebody else do the job for you? May we recommit our lives this week to the faithful service of God, and to His church. Amen.
Have a great day,