In Isaiah chapter 6 verse 8 we read these words:
Also 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.”
The prophet Isaiah is a great example of a man who has an amazing encounter with the Lord. After this encounter he steps up to the plate and enthusiastically volunteers to serve. We often romanticize and ponder what it would be like to serve God and perhaps achieve something great in the process. We wait for that perfect day when God will personally call out to us saying “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” The reality is that God asks each of us this very question every day of our lives.
We are always looking to do big, important, earth shattering works of power and glory. Perhaps that’s human nature. But as we approach the start of Great and Holy Lent it may help to remember that we need to be as enthusiastic in doing the little, sometimes tedious things, as we are in doing the big things. We look at fasting as a difficulty. We see extra services as a burden. We think of serving others as an inconvenience. However these are exactly the activities that we need to do in order to prepare for the bigger things that God may one day call us to do; “You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things” Matthew 25:23b.
Great Lent is a reminder that God isn’t looking for instant heroes but faithful people that can be molded into great servants through daily enthusiastic obedience.
What small actions are you taking on a daily basis ? Feel free to share below.