Read: Isaiah 6:1-13
Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (v. 8)
Life as a pastor’s kid can be tough. I was expected to be a model for all the kids at church and felt pressure that my behavior was a testimony to my parents’ abilities as pastors. But life as a pastor’s kid can also be filled with memorable moments.
When I was nine, I attended a revival conference. This was a conference for adults, but since the speaker was staying in our home, I attended also. At the end of the gathering, the speaker did the usual things, asking for people to commit their lives to the Lord or recommit their lives or repent of their sins. But then he did something unusual. He asked people to raise their hands if they thought the Lord was calling them to full-time ministry. Next thing I knew, my hand was raised. Soon I was at the front of the church, alongside many others, and that night, at the tender age of nine, I committed to serving the Lord for the rest of my life.
I wonder what Isaiah thought when he heard the voice of God asking, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” I get the sense that Isaiah did not wait long to answer, “Here I am! Send me” (v. 8). How about you? It’s never too early or too late to respond to God’s call. —Felix Theonugraha
As you pray, ask God to show you how he wants you to respond to the question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
About the Author
Dr. Felix Theonugraha is the President of Western Theological Seminary and Professor of Educational Leadership. Dr. Theonugraha draws upon the call of Jesus to shepherd and serve the institution to continue its mission, participating in God’s ongoing redemptive work in the world.