Three Responses to God’s Call…
Response # 1: “Here I am. I’m not going!”
The word of the Lord came to Jonah: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord. Jonah 1:1-3
Response #2: “Here I am. Send someone else!”
[God said] So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Exodus 3:10; 4:13
Response #3: “Here I am. Send me!”
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
What do you need to fully surrender to God?
You need a genuine experience with the presence of God.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1
You need is a genuine awareness of your sinfulness.
Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Isaiah 6:5 (NLT)
You need a genuine understanding of God’s Grace.
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Isaiah 6:6-7