“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Who should I send? Who will go for us?’ I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.’” (Isaiah 6:8 CSB)
In that powerful vision of heaven the Lord spoke to Isaiah, and Isaiah heard the message. It was a message about missions, and the Lord gave him a mission to speak His word to the people of Israel. Isaiah had no hesitation in accepting this mission.
Some 600 years later, Another would come, sent from the Lord with a message He was to speak both verbally and graphically. He came via the virgin birth prophesied by Isaiah, grew up, and then moved into that mission when He was about 30 years old. For three years He preached and taught and healed, until that day came when He was lifted up between earth and heaven on a cross, building a bridge for us, so that we may respond to God’s grace and enter into heaven with Him.
This same One, Jesus, raised from the dead and ascended into heaven, said to us, “As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” Thus, the message of salvation, the message of the cross and the resurrection, the message of God’s love and grace, the message of eternal life is now the mantle that has fallen upon us. Now, the mission is ours to carry out.
Lord, We thank You that You have chosen us and have set us apart to carry on with Your mission. Thank You for Your coming and Your calling to us. May we be forever faithful to You in our stewardship of missions.