Isaiah 6:1-10 (NRSV)

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 The pivots  on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph  touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8 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!” 9 And he said, “Go and say to this people: “Keep listening, but do not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand.’ 10 Make the mind of this people dull, and stop their ears, and shut their eyes, so that they may not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and comprehend with their minds, and turn and be healed.”   

Isaiah 6:8 (NRSV)

8 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!”   

DEVOTION -William Findlay (Glasgow, Scotland)

During the 75th anniversary celebration of a Boys’ Brigade company, an interdenominational Christian youth organization, several members and ex-members expressed disappointment that a reunion dinner had not been arranged.  Douglas, one of the serving officers, said nothing at the time; but early the following year, he approached me to say that just such an event had been organized.  I was pleased and asked Douglas to pass on my thanks to the members of the organizing committee.

“Oh!” he said.  “I am the committee.  I felt that something should be done, so I did it.”

Too often when we become aware of a specific need we say, “Something should be done about it,” but we do nothing ourselves.  Realizing that our service is often God’s way of calling us to act in ways that will benefit others in Jesus’ name.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How willing am I to take the lead in serving God today?

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for calling us to serve others.  Help us to recognize your call and to respond, serving you in ways that benefit others.  Amen.