Seven centuries before the Christ came, God had a job that needed to be done. He asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah replied, “Here am I; send me” (Isa 6:8). The willingness of the prophet to accept the task to which God referred was exemplary for those who seek to serve God in any time frame.
Notice some of the background of the “Isaiah” attitude. He had seen a vision of the Lord in His glory, sitting upon His eternal throne. Such a glorious God deserved the fullest service! Could it be that so few in the church and in the world have the attitude of Isaiah because they have never caught the vision of the Lord’s glory and power? Of course, He does not manifest Himself to people today in direct visions of glory as the one the prophet saw. However, He has enabled us to see the great measure of His glory, majesty, and authority through His Word. When men visualize His glory they will be more likely to serve Him.
Isaiah was very humble before the Lord and felt himself unworthy to be so near the Lord (Isa 6:5). So many are hindered from serving God whole heartedly because of pride. Pride prevents our assuming the role of servants. It makes us want to protect our dignity above all. Pride convinces us that we know more than God. It makes us think we can improve on God’s eternal plans. It makes us think our plans are more important than God’s. Until we learn to take up our “towel” (John 13:3-16) as well as our cross, and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23), the “Isaiah” attitude will elude us.
Isaiah humbly confessed his sins and his unworthiness before God (Isa 6:5). Many people refuse to obey the plan of salvation because they feel inadequate and unworthy. Many members of the church commit some sin and drift further away from God because they realize they have sinned. This is the classic “catch 22” or endless cycle of many lives: people sin because they refuse or fail to serve because they have sinned. The only solution is to break the cycle as did Isaiah — obtain the Lord’s forgiveness by following His plan for our forgiveness.
With the vision of God’s glory and the assurance of God’s pardon fresh in his mind, Isaiah was ready to go wherever God would send and to serve however God would assign. Oh, how the Lord needs men, women, boys, and girls, with the “Isaiah” attitude. When the call for workers goes forth this attitude will make us respond personally, immediately, and unconditionally, with a hearty,
“Here am I; send me.”
What costs me nothing
After David had been told by God to build an altar and worship God on the threshing floor of Araunah, this Jebusite offered the king the threshing floor and everything necessary to worship God. David refused the offer with these words: “Nay, but I will verily buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto Jehovah my God which cost me nothing: (2 Sam 24:24)
Would that all Christians had the attitude of David. Instead, they often show the very opposite disposition. David realized that an offering which cost him nothing was worth exactly that to him: nothing. God has always demanded the best that a person has—not what somebody else has (Lev 22:21).
All we have has been given to us by God to use for His glory and in His service. We are but stewards of these things (1 Pet 4:10). The Lord expects us to be good stewards, but giving what comes without cost to us is not practicing faithful stewardship.
The measure of our devotion, reverence, and love for God is in direct proportion to how much we are willing to commit to the service of God, or how much we are willing to sacrifice (John 12:3ff). Those who take the easiest, cheapest way to serve God are, in reality, servants of self, not God.
There is to be nothing cheap about our religion. It is to be the best we have—the same attitude that characterized David. “I will not offer… unto Jehovah my God that which cost me nothing.”