“5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”8 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!”
Isaiah had seen God and realized how sinful he was. Standing in God’s presence, he saw himself to be unworthy of serving God.
This happens to all Christians when we come to faith. When we finally realize who God is we also realize who we are in relation to God. And our only response is to cry out as Isaiah did, “We are not worthy.”
But God does not leave things there. He reaches out to us and He forgives all of our sins, and we stand in His presence sinless, justified, and worthy. Then He asks us, “Who shall I send.” And we answer, “Send me.”
Once we are forgiven and justified, our past sins are of no consequence to God. We are ready to serve.
May the love of Christ be with you
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)