A Call to the Ministry Isaiah 6:1-8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
In Is 6:1-8 we see an example of a call to the ministry. First, Isaiah saw the Lord and then he saw himself as unworthy and unclean. When men really get to know the Lord, usually in a deep valley or trial, and they see themselves as they really are, they change. In Isaiah’s case he became willing to do anything the Lord needed him to do.
But notice that his call to the ministry required:
Availability – “Here” – Isaiah was able to answer the call of the Lord because he was available to the Lord.
Dependability – “Am” – he didn’t say, “Here I was” or “Here I will be” – he said, “Here am I” – to answer a call to the ministry requires being dependable to do what the Lord needs you to do.
Severability – “Send” – in order to fulfill the Lord’s call to the ministry, you have to be able to let some things go that demand your time – you may, like a missionary, even have to leave your home and country.
Responsibilty – “I/me” – once the Lord called Isaiah, fulfilling the call was his responsibility – there are no alibis or excuses for not doing what the Lord calls you to do – he gives you the job and you must finish it.