One mark of revival, during which God comes to His people in power, is that God’s people are compelled to offer their lives for His service.Experiencing God Day by Day; Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby
About two years ago, a passage from Isaiah came repeatedly into my notice. Isaiah 6:8 says “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.'” First it was in my daily devotional, then it was part of my daily reading plans. Then came several different pastors, both at my church and online, who used it in a sermon. Every time, I felt God looking at me, waiting. But I was not certain what was going on – I felt like saying, “Send down the memo please!”
Today, my day began with the above statement in my devotional. Considering my current situation, how apt is this! How so, you ask, gentle readers? Well, let me tell you…
In December of 2020, I completely left my comfort zone and went off to Nashville for Christmas. On my own. Tickets for 2 dinner shows in my hand, and no other plans. Around the same time, a young couple announced they were opening a new church and ministry in Nashville. Since this young man’s great grandmother had been a a dear friend, I started listening to the sermons he posted.
Nearly every time he spoke, I thought, wow, I never thought of that scripture in that light before. I felt God drawing me towards this vastly different type of ministry, while thinking, Lord, you can’t mean me! I don’t fit in there. But God is consistent and persistent! I finally gave in and said, OK, if this i what you want, give me confirmation.
So, Christmas of 2021, I met this lovely young couple. And we talked. And talked. The end result is that I finally said, “OK, Tyler, you find me a place in your ministry, and I’ll find a realtor.”
Now none of this seems earth shattering or of major importance. Except…. First thing that happened was at the hotel I was staying at. When I was talking to the gal at the desk with whom I’d made friends and told her my decision, she said that she was meeting more and more “people of faith” who were being called into the Middle Tennessee area. She had been thinking of moving OUT of the area, but decided she wanted to stay around to see what was going on!
Then there was the realtor I talked to who said nearly the same thing. Why do you suppose, gentle readers, that this is the case?
Well, I have been reading and working through Henry Blackaby’s book and study Experiencing God. One point he emphasizes is that God is always working and we are to respond to that by serving where He is working.
As I scan social media these days, there is more and more of a backlash to the chaos and destruction and sheer evil we see around us. Could it be that God is calling His people to revival? Could He be drawing people to areas where He is ready to do a mighty work? Could this and other migrations be an upwelling of faithful responding to God’s call? I believe that the answer is YES,, and that we need to respond YES and AMEN. So be it! If God is doing something, I sure want to see it and experience it.
Does it set your heart on fire to think about a new birth of love, righteousness, harmony? Do you feel a tug in your heart when you hear stories of God’s work in someone’s life? Then you need to start listening to hear God’s call,”Who will go for us?” You need to look around to see where God is at work. (Spoiler alert: He is at work everywhere.) And you need to pray about your response. Will it be, “Here I am, send me!” Or will you say,”Sorry, God, too busy.” Answer carefully – your eternity could depend on it!
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