Last night, several people from our church family huddled together in the cold and dark to devote about an hour and 15 minutes to praising God and setting our minds and hearts on Him. We gathered out by the crosses and together reflected on God's process of breaking us, molding us, filling us, and using us. The song we ended with was called 'Take my life'. It is a song that really unpacks in very vivid details what it means to devote, consecrate or surrender your life fully over to God. The song challenges me to ask questions like: am I willing to give God my moments?
My speech, my hands, my feet, my silver and gold (dollars and cents), my will, my choices, my love and affections, or my life?
The chorus of the song then erupts over and over at the end just exclaiming to God, 'Here am I, all of me, take my life, it's all for Thee!'
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah records an incredible encounter he has with God Almighty. In a powerful vision, he beholds the very throne of God and it is truly a breath-taking and awesome experience full of power and smoke and splendor. It literally says that Isaiah is 'ruined' for he realizes he is a man of unclean lips living among a people of unclean lips. He is then cleansed and forgiven as an angel flies to him and touches his lips with a hot coal. In verse 8 it says,
'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!"
God basically throws down the million dollar question to Isaiah right there on the spot: Will you give me all of yourself, Isaiah, and allow me to send you into the world and to be my man? Without hesitation, Isaiah offers himself fully to God and His mission.
What about you and me? Does the way I spend my time, spend my money, speak to people on the phone and at work, make choices, and spend my free time reflect a life that says, 'Here am I Lord, all of me, take my life, it's all for Thee'? Let's dare to go deeper in surrendering our all to God today!