IS GOD CALLING YOU?
1.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.
2.Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain [two] he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3.And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4.And the post of the door moved at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5.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.
6.Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from off the altar:
7.And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this has touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sins purged.
8.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.
9.And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10.Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
In today’s reading we learn of God calling Isaiah to service. But first let us look at the setting of Isaiah’s call. A glance through Isaiah Chapter 5 will reveal to us just how bad the situation, both political and social, had become in the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. There was excessive greed, drunkenness, heathenism, perversion, pride and corruption.
It sounds much like current conditions in our world today (2015), does it not? These conditions prevailed just before God’s judgment came upon them. The result? Captivity in Babylon! And today? We are in what Jesus called, “..As in the days of Noah.. and the days of Lot..”. According to prophecy the world is very close to the Final Judgement of God – towards a very wicked and perverse world.(2 Timothy 3:1-5) God’s Judgment is almost upon us – don’t be part of the judgement!
Biblical prophecy is seldom preached today, yet almost 1/3 of the Bible consists of prophecy. This means it should be an important part of a Christian’s life and study. Rev 1:3, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
Jesus even warned us to be mindful of the signs and the times of the end. Luke 21:36, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass,and to stand before the Son of man.” He also said, “Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13:35-36)
Because of the tendency of the Shepherds ignoring the prophetic word of the Scriptures most of the Church, and the world, is “fast asleep” at the moment. If they hear they don’t want to hear. If they see, they don’t want to see. Now you can understand the meaning of Isaiah 6:9-10?
Also in Romans 1:16-32 you will read how God warned that if you want to play with fire (sin), and you don’t want to listen, then go ahead and get burned. After all, man does have a free choice. Be warned, though, the wrong choice will lead to death everlasting.
In spite of the immoral society today we must not to give in to it. We can still have a wonderful relationship with Jesus. Just as Isaiah realised that he was indeed a sinful man, of unclean lips, so we also need to confess to God, and ask Him to cleanse us and forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Isaiah was really frightened at this vision of God, because he knew that sin could never be tolerated in God’s presence. All sin would be consumed by God’s holiness. He knew that unless something drastic was done, he would be as good as dead!
Dear Reader, have you fully realised the implication of all this? Unless God forgives you your sins you can never, NEVER, come into His presence. Forgiveness of sins is only ONE aspect of Salvation; for Jesus said that no one can come unto the Father except through Himself. Jesus heralded the New Covenant and since that time salvation is only through the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Jesus said, in John 10:9, “I am the door; by ME if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture.”
Have you taken this great, but simple step in your life? Have you asked Jesus to be your King? This is the only way into God’s Kingdom! Don’t wait too long before you make your decision. Remember that Isaiah was already serving the Lord in a practical way when this vision came to him.
Because Isaiah was willing to confess his unworthiness and sinfulness, he was forgiven and his sins were removed and his sins cleansed. Only at this stage was Isaiah ready for service. God had still to get a response from Isaiah. God calls many today but, unfortunately, few answer His call. Is God perhaps calling you into HIS service today? Are you always full of excuses? When God really wants you to proclaim His Word, you can never hide from Him.
Moses’ excuses did not help him, nor could Jonah hide from God’s presence. Any true born-again Christian should have the burden for his fellow man. He or she should have a burden for leading others to Christ, salvation through Jesus. Although material help is often necessary in helping others, it is the salvation of the soul that is the most important.
The material things in life last only as long as we are alive. But what after death? Read again what Jesus Himself said about the Rich Fool in Luke 12:13-21. Read also in Luke 12:33-34 where He, ie, Jesus spoke about the storage of treasures and how thieves can steal it, rust can destroy it, and moths can eat it up.
Your soul, once you have it in Jesus’ safekeeping, it is safe forever!
My brothers and sisters, in what condition is YOUR soul? Is it insured to everlasting life in Christ? Our earthly life is so fickle, it could end tomorrow, even today! Also remember the Rapture can happen at any moment.
God speaks to both the unsaved and the saved.
1 TO THE UNSAVED
To the unsaved to enter in by the Door, to receive Him as Saviour.
I was asked just last week what is/was the purpose of becoming a Christian. In the near future I will attempt to bring to you a message on just that., ie, on why you should become a Christian in the true sense of the word.
I have my ears and eyes open to many of the things that are happening in God’s Kingdom as well as to what is happening physically and spiritually in this country of ours and around the world.
We have become so biased and set in the traditions of men that it will take a proverbial bomb to shake us up. Unfortunately, temporary pain and suffering goes along with such an action. You can avoid all this by, in faith, accepting Jesus as your Saviour now!
2 TO THE SAVED
God, through Christ, commands you and I to go out and make disciples for Christ. This is the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20. The harvest is here, the field is white, and a great portion will be lost unless more workers are willing to go in.
Are you sensitive to the call of Jesus? Whether it be for service or for salvation; won’t you answer His call, now?
There is a special crown awaiting those who heed God’s call
on their lives for saving souls from death and destruction.
What about you? What is your answer?