January 18 Time to Go to Work

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, NIV)

The priest went into the Holy of Holies to see the glory of the Lord, but the work of the Lord was done outside amongst the people! Imagine being in God’s presence to such an extent that the building shakes around you. Isaiah was. (See Isaiah 6:1–4.) But then he had to leave the glory of God to go out and perform the purpose of God. There’s a balance! We must spend time in His presence, building our relationship, but then we must carry from His presence the answers that are desperately needed by hurting people all around us.

Why do we always want to build booths on the mountain? One day Jesus took His disciples to a high place and was transfigured before them. Peter was so caught up in the experience that He wanted to stay there. Listen to him: “Lord, it is good for us to be here … I will put up three shelters” (Matthew 17:4, NIV). But Jesus simply told them not to talk about their experience, and He promptly led them down the mountain to begin ministering to others. Are you getting the message? It’s hard to leave something that wonderful—but you must! Paul said, “I will not … speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me” (Romans 15:18, NIV). He didn’t glory in what Christ had done for him, but in what Christ had done through him! It’s time to come down from the mountain and go to work.

 

God has only one reason for filling you and that’s for pouring you out![1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 18). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

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