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Devotional - week of September 2, 2012


 PATHWAY TO USEFULNESS

 

So I said: "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.Isaiah 6:5

 

The pastor held out his hands and walked closer to the light above. As he walked he said, “If my hands were soiled, the closer I get to the light the more I see those soiled spots. This is the way we realize sin in our lives. The closer we get to God, the more we see sin in our lives.” The pastor’s actions were a most effective way to explain Isaiah 6:5

 

In Isaiah 6:1-4, Isaiah describes his experience of seeing God in the year that King Uzziah died. Following his confession of being a man of unclean lips, Isaiah writes:

 

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”  Isaiah 6:6-7

 

The process to usefulness in the Kingdom continues in verses 8 and 9a with, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." 9 And He said, "Go …”

 

The process of usefulness as indicated in this passage begins with experiencing the Lord. At times, there follows the revelation of sins we did not know about. There are times when the Holy Spirit convicts of sins in our lives that we do know about. We must repent of and confess those sins and receive forgiveness through the blood of Jesus. When God calls us to action and we say, “Yes,” we are now useful to God.

 

There is no better way of living out this process on a continual basis than experiencing our oneness with Christ.