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Here I am. Send me!

May 25, 2018

 

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

 

     Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”
Sometimes we think of prophets as bigger than life, super-courageous spiritual warriors who preached and prophesied with perfect power. But prophets like leaders the world over, share the same human frailties as the rest of us.
     Isaiah begins his prophetic ministry with a vision that moves him to fall on his knees in humble worship and prayer. From the strength of that worshipful vision, he finds the courage to say, “Here I am. Send me!”
When Dr. King acquiesced to his church’s call to provide spiritual and prophetic leadership to the Montgomery boycott, he led from a foundation of worship and prayer. His political speeches sound like sermons, because they arose from the power he drew from the pulpit. His words were always sermons first and political speeches last.
     And so with us too, when God calls us to lead, we are called to do so on a strong foundation of the basics of leadership-humble worship and prayer.
     On that strong foundation, Dr. King found the courage to lead on a bigger stage and create a life changing impact for our country and our world.
     We don’t have to be “bigger than life” like an Isaiah, Abraham Lincoln or a Dr. King to say, “Send me.” But we can be as big as God needs for us to be when we answer God’s call—a call that draws its true strength from a strong foundation of worship and prayer.
     For in this foundation, our prayers inform our testimonies. Our reading of scripture flows into our discussions about our faith. Our songs of praise become words of gratitude and shouts of joy—utterances to bless people we meet each day. By offering ourselves where we sense God is calling, by sharing our time when we know we are needed, and by giving our gifts in whatever ways we can, we are saying, “Here I am. Send me!” When we follow God with such clarity and commitment, we become leaders who help others find their own steps on the sacred journey with God.
     ~Adapted from Mary Scifres Ministries

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