“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am;’ I said; ‘send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8)
These are the words of Isaiah, the prophet, who finds himself in the temple in the presence of God. He immediately becomes aware that he is unworthy to be there, being a man of unclean lips who lives among a people of unclean lips. An angel touches his lips with a live coal taken from the altar and declares that his guilt is taken away. Then Isaiah hears the Lord say who shall he send, and Isaiah replies with the above words, “Here I am. Send me!”
A Christian friend mentioned to me a few years ago that he was going to Cuba with a Christian group. He said that he wasn’t sure what he would be doing, but realized that over the years the most important thing he could do was just show up. He said that he found that God’s grace was at work in any given situation or need. Since then he and his team have gone on ten of these trips, and their efforts have led to over five thousand professions of faith by individual Cubans.
Jesus said, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” He instructed his disciples to declare that the kingdom of God is at hand. “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons,” he told them. “Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (Mt. 9:35; 10:8, 40)
Many years ago, I was asked to help start a local chapter of Christians in Commerce, a national organization whose mission is “to encourage and equip Christians to be God’s presence in the workplace by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercising faith, integrity and excellence.” I contacted a couple of close Christian brothers, and we invited about 20 men on a weekend retreat. The Northern Virginia chapter was established and has been meeting every Wednesday morning since May, 1985, albeit by Zoom this past year. Over the years, hundreds of men have been invited to experience the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit in a much fuller way, countless lives have been changed through these retreats and weekly meetings, and many workplaces impacted.
I didn’t do anything special. Like my friend said, I just showed up. God was already there through his Holy Spirit, touching and changing lives.
Are you available to be God’s presence to the people and circumstances in your life?