The Volunteer

RE Verse reading–Isaiah 6 (day four)  “Then the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?’. . .  And I said, ‘Here am I.  Send me!’ ” (vs 8)  It is the sure sign that the human heart has been softened by the Spirit.  We volunteer.  Our wills bend to His.  We desire to do His will.  Having seen God and having been convicted/cleansed of sin, Isaiah takes the next step.  He volunteers for service.  Paul asks the same question. (Acts 22:10)  Jesus always had this characteristic. (John 4:34)  Psalm 110:3 says ” Your people will volunteer freely in the day of your power”.  God does not force us to love Him.  He does not force us to serve Him (ultimately these two are the same).  He declares His purpose and waits for the softened heart to volunteer for usefulness.  “Perfect submission, all is at rest; I in my Savior am happy and blessed”–Fanny Crosby.  No credit to us, just a sign that we have seen God.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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