Hey everyone! Our next series is going to expand on the foundation of SERVE 6.8 and start with a post about our second founding scripture, Isaiah 6:8. The name SERVE 6.8 makes our mission clear: we are here to mobilize the Church of Jesus Christ to serve the poor. We take our dual mandate to care for those serving and those being served seriously. This series is intended to grow those of us who are actively engaged in serving and volunteering.
Our two founding scriptures are Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 6:8. We kicked off our series about poverty with Micah 6:8 and will start with Isaiah 6:8 for our series on serving. Let’s first review Isaiah 6 and then explore how we can apply this to obeying God’s call to serve.
The title for Isaiah 6 is “Isaiah’s Call and Mission,” and we need to understand this whole passage so we can apply meaning to Isaiah 6:8. Verses 1-7 are some of the most powerful verses in the bible about what a holy God we serve. When Isaiah saw the Lord he was filled with awe of God’s majesty and holiness and faced with how unholy he was. Then God gives his call to action to Isaiah:
“Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
Isaiah has opened himself up to God and His mission, but verses 9-13 then lay out the plan, which fully displays the wrath of God upon those who have turned from Him, the wrath we each deserve, but are spared from because of our Savior Jesus Christ.
As Isaiah learned, when we‘re called to serve, it isn’t always in a way that’s easy or expected. Serving is fun when it just makes you feel good or fits your vision, but what about when God calls you to something bigger, harder, and that you don’t understand? Why would you say, “Here I am. Send me?“
We follow those calls because of what we see displayed at the beginning of Chapter 6, a God that is so big and powerful that we fear being in His presence. We serve to not be fulfilled, not to take glory for ourselves, but to love and lead people back to the Creator and His Son, who can now bridge the gap from our unworthiness to God’s holiness. When we shift our serving mindset away from being about us, toward it being about God, it drastically changes to what mission we will say “Here I am. Send me.”