E-votional - Called and Empowered
January 14, 2003


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Isaiah 6:8 (NRSV)


When asked to jump, the question was not, for how long, but how high. It is your typical "drill sergeant" test of commitment. It is also a way of sharing an expectation. Let me suggest another alternative, instead of asking anything, do your best to do what was being asked period.

Hear the Good News, God calls us all to ministry. The saying is sure and true, God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called. Isaiah, upon seeing the vision from God, volunteers to be used by God. It would seem that an encounter such as Isaiah's would be inspiration enough to respond to any call from God. Yet you might be able to argue Isaiah's fear and uncertainty shows, his focus leaves the hear and now and moves into the future when he asks "how long?". God's response tells him and us, until you are finished. Friends, when God calls us to do something, He asks for a full commitment, not something temporary. Further, anything you need to live out and fulfill this calling will be supplied by God. What a way to face each day! Called and empowered!


   Gracious Father in heaven, Your call upon my life is powerful, help me to understand it. The truth is I often ask You how long, how high and at times offer up excuses as to why I can't do what you call me to do. Lord, I need Your help and Your strength, let me see it and respond to it. You have touched me and called me, naming me as Your own. Thank You for all You have done and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.