Living “sent”

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”” (Isaiah 6:8, NKJV)

One of my favorite Old Testament passages is the prophet Isaiah’s vision of the Lord high and lifted up in Isaiah 6.  After the death of King Uzziah, Isaiah sees the Lord high and lifted up on his throne.  His first response is contrition because he recognized he was a sinner standing before a Holy God.  After the Lord assures him that his sin is forgiven and his iniquity is taken away (the foundation of all service to God), the Lord asks Isaiah a question: “Who shall I send?  Who will go?”  Isaiah’s response is so challenging for us all: “Here am I. Send me!”

I have no idea where it came from, but somehow the idea has become embedded in American Christianity that missionaries, evangelists, and pastors are those who are sent.  Certainly, part of those particular callings involves being sent by the Lord to the places He leads us to serve.  However, I believe that scripture teaches that every Christian is sent out by the Lord. He has a plan and a purpose for every one of His children.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10, NKJV)

God’s plan for every Christian is that we walk in the good works that He has prepared for us to do. Think about that. In a very real sense, every Christian is sent. We are sent out into the world to do the good works that He has prepared for us and thereby bring glory to Him.  That’s why I say every Christian should “live sent”, meaning that we should view our everyday lives as opportunities to do good work for our Savior.  This Monday, why don’t you pray and ask the Lord to show you where and how you can bring glory to Him in even the most trivial tasks of life?  Live sent.

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