Isaiah 6:8-11 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? “Then, I said, “Here am I, Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people: keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand. Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull and their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.”
Motivation is the force that keeps us going in the activities in which we are engaged. Generally, motivation is “up and down” in our lives. As the people of God we need to find a way to stay motivated to always “abound in the work of the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58) I sincerely believe that a study of Isaiah chapter six will help us in that endeavor.
We have all heard that text and sometimes sermons preached on “here am I, send me.” Isaiah found the motivation to be about the business of the Lord. That motivation was rooted in the vision he saw, the impact on his life personally, on that of the nation, and what he feared could have happened to him as a result of the vision—namely his death. God did not destroy him but rather He cleansed his heart and soul with the “fire from off the altar.” It was this cleansing that prompted the response of Isaiah when God questioned who would go to warn Israel of His coming judgment. “HERE AM I SEND ME” he said (verse 8).
When we consider the challenge we have of doing good works for the Lord, individually or as a congregation, it becomes obvious that good works begin with enthusiasm but generally dwindle to the “faithful few.” Why is this so? Is it possible that what really motivates us needs to be contemplated more seriously? To be motivated by the group to be of service will not be long-lasting. To be motivated by one’s personal sense of devotion to the Lord is long-lasting! Isaiah accepted the responsibility to go as a spokesman for God “as long as it took”.
Is it possible for us to be honest with ourselves as to what motivates us in serving the Lord? From Isaiah’s experience it was the ever present God! May the same be said for each of us.
Ed Dyche, Chamberburg, PA via Bulletin Digest