New International Version
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!”
Sarah Young wrote a book in 2004 entitled Jesus Calling. Her book sold nine million copies and counting. Do you suppose nine million people heard the voice of Jesus calling them? Isaiah heard the voice of Jesus call for someone to go for them (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and Isaiah responded to the call. He was available.
When I apply for a job and I get the desired response, “Okay, you are hired.” I usually also get the question, “How soon are you available?” That’s the all-important question, isn’t it? When are you available? Being available entails far more than willingness, it requires a commitment.
Are you available to be unnoticed, to serve without recognition? Is there a preparation for being misunderstood, ridiculed, unpopular, unwanted, and alone?
Jesus answered the call from His Father to die for our salvation. When He left Planet Earth to go and prepare our home in heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to be present with us. He endured all the above results of representing God Almighty except for being unpopular. Jesus was popular, but not with the culturally accepted; was revered by the “common” people but rejected by the powerful.
How available are we, really? Jesus Calling means He’s calling now, present tense. All those “available, raise your hand.”