Do You Volunteer To Serve? March 12, 2006 Isaiah 6:1-11
Most churches have one or two people who can tell the church what to do, but never volunteer to do it. The Pastor, and Nominating Committee love for people with ability, and expertise, to volunteer. So the lesson asks, Do You Volunteer To Serve?
1. If So, You Will Get A New Vision of the . . Creator. v 1-4
A. A New Vision of An . . Honored Creator. v 1
1. In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,
and His robe filled the temple.
2. On a throne, lofty and exalted.
3. The train of His robe filled the temple.
4. God’s awesome presence.
5. A glimpse of God affects a person.
B. A New Vision of A . . Holy Creator. v 2 - 3
1. Angels Call Him Holy. v 2 - 3 a
2 Seraphim were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he
covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one
called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;. . .”
2. The Whole Earth . . Comprehends His Holiness. v 3 b
“. . . His glory fills the whole earth."
C. A New Vision of A . . Powerful Creator. v 4
1. Powerful Voice. v 4 a
4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices,. . . A
2. Powerful Vision. v 4 b
“. . . and the temple was filled with smoke.
Most of us need to regularly update our view of our Creator. Our perception of His Holiness, Honor, and Power need a periodic update. It is interesting that Isaiah is recorded as saying “woe” ten times before chapter six to a variety of matters, and then in the sixth chapter he says “woe is me.” What caused him to pronounce a “woe” on himself; He got a new vision of the Lord. All of us need to renew our vision of the Lord, and He will prompt us to volunteer to serve.
2. If So, You Will Get A New Vision of the . . Creation. v 5
A. The New Vision of Creations . . Sinfulness. v 5 a
5 Then I said: Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips and
live among a people of unclean lips,. . .”
B. The New Vision of Creations . . Shamefulness. v 5 b
“. . . [and] because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.
A new vision of the Creation will show us sin is a horrible thing. Some people pray; “Lord let me see myself as You see me.?” Isaiah saw himself as the Lord saw him, and he realized he was a man of unclean lips among people of unclean lips. Isaiah said, “I am ruined.” Why did he say that? I think his pride was shattered, and he was humbled.
3. If So, You Will Get A New Vision of God’s . . Cleansing. v 6-7
A. The New Vision for the . . Initiative of Cleansing. v 6 - 7 a
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he
had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth [with it] and said: Now that this has touched your lips, . . .”
B. The New Vision for the . . Intention of Cleansing. v 7 b
“. . . your wickedness is removed, and your sin is atoned for.”
None of us are worthy to serve the Lord. None of us are clean enough, but God cleanses us.
The Lord took the initiative in this cleansing as an angel came with coals off the heavenly altar and touched the lips of Isaiah. I have asked the Lord to touch my lips with His holy fire. In my opinion, all of us need such a periodic cleansing. What is the intention of such a touch from heaven? God caused it so that wickedness can be removed, and sin atoned. That also occurs when Christians practice the teaching of 1 John 1:9.
4. If So, You Will Get A New Vision of God’s . . Concern . v 8
A. The New Vision of Concern for the Lord's . . Concern. v 8 a
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who
will go for Us?
B. The New Vision of Concern for the Lord's . . Cause. v 8 a
“. . . Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
C. The New Vision of Concern for the Lord's . . Commissioning. v 9-10
9 And He replied: Go! Say to these people: Keep listening, but do not understand;
keep looking, but do not perceive. 10 Dull these people's minds; deafen their ears and blind
their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with
their mind, turn back, and be healed.
D. The New Vision of Concern for the Lord's . . Conclusions. v 11
11 Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” And He replied: Until cities lie in ruins without
inhabitants, houses are without people, the land is ruined and desolate,
Perhaps a major reason why more people do not volunteer is the shallowness in their level of concern. A new view of the Holiness and concern of the Lord for the nations would change that.
Do you think it is sad that the Lord asked “Who should I send? Who will go for us?” An unusual ministry received the commissioning, and confirmation of the Lord. Who desires a ministry like this? The Lord! That is reason enough for anyone to serve in such a ministry. What kind of service do we desire; one prompted by our desires or one prompted by the Lord? The lesson certainly provides a setting for us to ask; Do You Volunteer To Serve? Amen? Amen!