I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, and I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, this is what God the Lord says, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in darkness from the prison. – Isaiah 42:5-7
Isaiah began his prophetic journey as a “man of unclean lips.” When he “saw the Lord, high and lifted up” Isaiah was immediately confronted by his own unworthiness, yet still gave his life as a “living sacrifice.”
I don’t know about you, but every once in a while, I stop and reflect on who I used to be and who I am today. Often, in trying to help others, I have been led to share my own story of failure, grace, redemption, forgiveness, and growth in Christ. Recognition of God’s unlimited grace and calling upon my life have also led me to offer ever-increasing praise and thanksgiving to the One who makes me worthy. I often realize that I have never been up to any responsibility I have been given in the Lord’s service and I am always finding myself hopeful that in the days to come I can be made more into the image of My Savior.
We may live in different places and serve in different ways, but Jesus Christ is at work in us all. Let us continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We are the Body.
God’s work is performed through a God-guided network of individuals who are willing to swim the currents of His will. – Lawrence Kimbrough