God's on mission. We should be on His mission. What is God about?
A look at part of Isaiah's message found in Scripture in Isaiah 6.
God is on His throne, God is constant, God is just and loving, God is in authority, and God was/is/will be worshiped.
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 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!”
We are a people with unclean lips and impure heart. We are in need of One who has atoned for our sins.
What I've done wrong is on me. Not on my friends, my enemies, my neighbors, my co-workers, my wife, my children, my parents, my family... It's on me. But thankfully God forgives all sin and forgets it.
Makes me think of this passage from the NT...
For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
How does this play out in Isaiah?
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
His heart and lips purified, guilt is taken away and sin atoned for. This is a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people:“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
Note: Surrender to God proceeds Service to God
After sines taken away - atonement... The response: Here I am send me!
This is a reminder of a NT passage...
And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, so that “they may indeed see but not perceive,and may indeed hear but not understand,lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
Question: Are we bearing good fruit for Jesus Christ? Are we about God's glory and mission?
Let he who ears to hear let here hear - 12 times in the Bible. Here's a sample.
In Acts 28 Paul had spent from morning to evening trying to convince the Jews that Jesus is the Son of God.
And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: “‘Go to this people, and say,“You will indeed hear but never understand,and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people's heart has grown dull,and with their ears they can barely hear,and their eyes they have closed;lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”
Some believed and some didn't. Praise God salvation also given to the Gentiles.
Make the heart of this people dull,and their ears heavy,and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes,and hear with their ears,and understand with their hearts,and turn and be healed.”
God predicts that the heart of His people will be dull, their ears heavy, and will blind their eyes.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This is a command. It's not an option. It's not for the pastor. It's not for the missions minister. It's not just for the team of people who go on a mission trip. The command is for me and you. For everyone and anyone who claims Jesus Christ as Savior - to be about emphasizing God's glory and mission!
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul loved God and the Gospel more than even his very life. Do we love God like this?
Again: God is on His throne, God is constant, God is just and loving, God is in authority, and God was/is/will be worshiped.
God loves you and His love is enduring for all ages - it is not limited by time or space. God calls us near to be a part of His mission!
Discussion Questions: Can you think of other passages that point to God's glory and mission? In what ways are you being on God's mission in your life?