For those of you have read my last two posts "Lord, Search Me" and "Lord, Break Me," I hope you have been encouraged by and edified by them. Now it's time for the last installment in this three-part devotional series. This one is called "Lord, Send Me." After the Lord searches our hearts and breaks us down to purge out from us those toxic things that are hurting us, He sends us out to share with people whatever He wants us to share (a message centered around the Gospel) and to help people in practical ways to share His love. (Feel free to use this for a Bible study group or for your own personal devotional time.)
Think About It:
The histories of men and women who have responded to God’s call have one thing in common. They have all encountered a personal transforming vision of God. For some it was like Isaiah, Moses, or Paul, who were given literal visions of God. For others, it was a vision that was the result of spiritual insight and revelation of who God is through His Word and Spirit. We see this referred to in 2 Corinthians 3:18, where it declares we are those “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image.” Ephesians 1:17-18 and 3:18-19 refer to seeing God through revelation and spiritual understanding that is given by God deep within our spirit. May each one of us see, in Isaiah’s renewed call, our own call to be sent as a prophetic voice within our sphere of influence and beyond.
Name a place you would love to be sent to and a place you would never want to be sent to. Why?
Talk about the last time you felt compelled to do something out of the norm. How did you respond? Could it have been God sending you?
Read Jonah 1:1-3, Exodus 3:10, and Isaiah 6:1-8. At the present time, do you most identify with Jonah, Moses, or Isaiah? What might be keeping you from fully surrendering to God?
Just like brokenness, being sent is not a one-time experience. God may require it of us many times and in many different ways. To what or where are you being sent?
Why is it so important for us to genuinely identify with the sins of those we are trying to bring to repentance and faith in God?
If you are unable to abandon yourself to God’s call, what steps do you need to take to get past that?
Lord, Thank You for calling us to a life during which we are to be sent by You to do Your will. Your will is to ultimately see Your kingdom come in the Earth. You desire that people who have an understanding of Your amazing love for us are willing to go out and show people the power of a relationship with You. For us to help others to see humanity’s need for You daily, help us to first come to the end of ourselves. You have searched us and shown us our pride and sinful ways. You have broken us and are putting us back together the way You see fit. Now please give us a heart of compassion for a lost and dying world. Anoint us in a fresh way and allow each of us to say like Isaiah, “Here I am, send me.” Thank You for working through us and all around us to see the fulfillment of Your will, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The secret of being blessed by God is to participate in His agenda for the world - to be a part of what he is accomplishing on earth. Instead of praying, “God bless what I want to do” pray “God help me to do what you’re blessing!” Each morning pray “Father, I know you’re going to doing some amazing things in the world today, and I’d like the privilege of being included in some of them.”
Fulfilling the mission you were made for will require you to abandon your agenda and adjust to Gods agenda.
Read the following scriptures about people who surrendered to God leading and call.
Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 1:35-38, Hebrews 11:8-12, Romans 10:13-15
What will be your first step of obedience to His call this week?
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.