Why is there an urgency to go?
Why do we challenge young people to make a bold choice, and to take concrete steps?
We read in Isaiah 6:
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah says, “Woe is me, For I am lost!” Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” All. Revelation 14:11 says, “The smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.” But do we understand what this means? There are 17,000 ethnic groups of people in the world and it is estimated that 40% are still unreached. They, and we, we lost in our sins without the hope of the Lord. And US? We have experienced the glory of God! We know what the verses 1-4 mean because we have experienced, at least in part, HIS glory. We have received his grace that we read about in verse 7, “your iniquity is taken away and your sin purged.”
Surely God deserves more than the raising of our hands to accept him, or praying the sinners prayer, to come to church on Sunday, or accept his Word lightly. God deserves the complete abandonment of our programs, our possessions, our hopes, our dreams, and our lives. The only logical answer is, “Here I am I. Send me!”