Isaiah 6:1-9 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”
Text Isaiah 6:8 “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
When we find Isaiah, he is a man of privilege! He has not only been privileged to see the sights of heaven, but to hear the sounds as well. While he is attentive to the praise of the seraphim, he is arrested by the plea of the Sovereign. The seraphim is crying holy, and the Sovereign is crying help; “who will go for us?” The Lord is looking for a person of surrender and Isaiah will be that man: “Here am I; send me” (vs.8). Isaiah began with the surrender of self: “Here am I.” Paul knew the importance of surrender; “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1). Self is always in active rebellion to the will, the ways, and the work of the Saviour! There was the surrender of service, “send me.” Isaiah put no parameters, boundaries or conditions upon his willingness to serve. Before he ever knew the details of the task, he said, “send me.” Isaiah would never have surrendered to service if he had not first surrendered self. The quality of service is proportional to the quantity of self that is surrendered. The more of self that is surrendered the greater the opportunities of service. John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). One of the biggest deterrents to being a profitable servant is a divided loyalty! Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other” (Matt. 6:24). Have you made a full surrender? God is still asking “who will go for us?” Will it be you?