Prophet Isaiah was a great Prophet who exercised the functions of his office during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah all Kings of Judah. His words were authoritative because they were uttered in the name of the Lord. One day, as he was offering sacrifices in the temple, God revealed his glory and holiness to him. He also made his intention about sending somebody to his people (i.e. the Israelites who had by then forsaken him in spite of the numerous great things he did for them) known to him. Since Isaiah’s dominant task was to convey messages from God to men, he did not find it difficult to make himself available saying: ‘’Here am I send me’’ (Isaiah 6:8).
‘’Here am I send me’’ is a very deep statement and we shall concentrate on it today. When uttered by a person, it conveys his or her willingness to be used by another person or group of people to achieve a specific purpose. A lot of people that uttered or implied it genuinely at one time or the other are very selfless and they carried out the tasks they set out to accomplish with exceptional dedication; harm to their lives not withstanding. In this group are people like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mao Zedong, Martin Luther King Junior, Winston Churchill, Fidel Castro, etc. All of them served and improved the lives of their people remarkably.
However, it is not all the people that utter this statement that are capable of completing the task(s) they set out to achieve. This brings us to considering the possible ways by which people can respond to it using biblical examples as our guide.
1. They may offer themselves to be sent ab initio but refuse to carry out the task(s) given to them. Prophet Jonah stands out in this group. To start with, he must have said or implied the statement ’’Here am I send me’’ to God at some point in his life for him to have been considered to become a prophet in the first instance. In Jonah Chapter 1 God commanded him to ‘’ARISE and GO’’ to Nineveh on an errand for him but he refused to perform this task. Instead of going to Nineveh in the North East, he headed for Tarshish in the West. The end result of his act of disobedience was that he ended up being swallowed by a fish for three days and three nights. He would have lost his life if not for the kindness of God. Perhaps you once volunteered to use your resources, time, skills, intellect, position etc to honor God but somehow you have reneged on your promise; please have a complete change of mind because the end result is fraught with danger.
2. They may offer themselves to be sent, properly commence the task(s) given to them but end up poorly. Gehazi is a very good example here. He was a very devoted and diligent aide of Prophet Elisha. And because of his loyalty to his boss, we can conveniently construe that he must have uttered or implied the statement ‘’Here am I send me’’ to his boss at some point. He carried out the tasks given to him with exemplary zeal but abandoned the path of righteousness with the passage of time. How? In 2 Kings Chapter 5, a distinguished commander of the Syrian army called Naaman came to Israel to consult Elisha in respect of his chronic leprosy which defied the best treatments available in Syria. As expected, Naaman got his healing and in appreciation; he offered gifts to the prophet who rejected them. Gehazi however was not happy with his boss’ action and he went behind to collect the gifts. The aftermath of his action was that he became a leper himself. This shows clearly that greed does not pay and that once a person is committed to a good course, it is not rewarding to look back (Luke 9:62). Gehazi commenced the tasks given to him properly but ended up in disaster. May you not end your life in disaster in Jesus name. Amen.
3. They may offer themselves to be sent, properly commence and conclude the tasks given to them. Apostle Paul is a good example here. In Acts Chapter 9, he went to Damascus to persecute Christians until he was struck down from heaven. Not knowing what he should do next he said: ‘’Lord, what do you want me to do?’’(Verse 6). Above statement depicts a willingness to be sent and Jesus gave him the unambiguous task of taking the gospel to the Gentiles, Kings, and the children of Israel (verse 15) and he commenced and concluded it brilliantly and he was rewarded adequately (2 Timothy 4:7-8). It is vivid that the history of Christianity cannot be full without giving due consideration and prominence to Apostle Paul’s huge contributions.
Friend, do you have specific talents, skills, resource(s), education, time, position etc that can be used to enhance the work of God and are you willing to use them without wavering? If your answer is yes then, go on right now and say ’’Here am I send me’’ to God and be ready to work very hard in exchange for great rewards. As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ promised us a hundred fold reward in terms of houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, lands etc in this world and in the age to come, eternal life (Mark 10: 28-32). I personally cannot trade this mouth watering offer for anything on earth. What about you? May the good Lord give you a willing heart and the strength to work for him and may your reward be full in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!