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How We Should Be Viewing God

We have an indescribably incomprehensible great God who has looked upon a sinfully depraved people and sent a merciful savior and as a result we have an indescribably urgent mission. The grace of God evokes the surrender of man.

Whom shall I send and who will go for us the lord pronounced and Isaiah rises up and says here I am, send me. That is the only possible response to a God who says your guilt is taken away and your sins are atoned for. Surely this kind of mercy evokes more than raising a hand and reciting a prayer.

Surely this kind of mercy evokes unconditional urgent surrender of our lives. To making the word of this God known wherever he calls no matter how tough. I don’t have time to dive into the end of Isaiah Chapter 6 to those verses that talk about the assignment that would be put on Isaiah for the years to come all that he would experience and how at the end of his life tradition has it that he would be imprisoned and tortured.

But it is worth it to represent this God. And to declare his word. Is there anything more important to give our lives to then the representation and declaration of this God’s glory to the ends of the earth? Don’t miss it. A high view of God and a humble view of the gospel. Inevitably leads to an urgent view of mission.

A Story I’ll Share That I’m Not Proud Of

I’ll close with this. I want to tell you a story that I am not proud of. I was in an unreached area of the world and we were hiking into these unreached villages and these villages are unreached for a reason. They’re difficult to get to. Generations have subsisted with no knowledge of the gospel. Generation after generation.

We were hiking and taking literature in these different places and one night we had set up for camp just out in the middle of nowhere in the mountains and we got there kind of early and so I had some time to go off to the side.

I sat down on the mountain and I looked over the countryside and the thought that came to my mind. I thought to myself, look at all we’re doing. The lord must really be glad to have me on his team. I opened up the book I was reading and I just happen to be in his chapter on the self-sufficiency of God. The chapter started with “Almighty God, just because he is almighty needs no support.”

The picture of a nervous ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one. Yet if we look at the popular conception of God that is precisely what we see. Twentieth century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy not to say enjoyable to believe that we are necessary to God. Probably the hardest thought of all for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help.

We commonly represent him as a busy eager somewhat frustrated father hurrying about seeking help to carry out his benevolent plan to bring peace and salvation to the world. Too many missionary appeals are based upon this fancy frustration of almighty God. An effective speaker can easily excite pity in his hearers not only for the heathen but for the God who is tried so hard and so long to save them and has failed for want of support. I fear that thousands of people enter Christian service from no higher motive then to help deliver God from the embarrassing situation his love has gotten him into and his limited abilities seem unable to get him out of. Add to this a certain degree of commendable idealism and a fair amount of compassion for the underprivileged and you have the true drive behind much Christian activity today.

Brothers and sisters this God does not involve us. In ministry and mission ultimately because he needs us. This God involves us in ministry and mission because he loves us and because this sovereign God has chosen to pour out his sovereign grace through his dear son, our servant.

We are compelled to say to this God, my life, the church that you’ve entrusted to me, yours to spend, for your namesake among all peoples.

God, we know that we are not necessary to you. You are incomprehensibly great with or without us. We are sinfully depraved and prone to think highly of ourselves. And you have saved us with such scandalous mercy.

So God we say here we are send us. Not because you need us, but because you love us. We by your grace love you and the light in you. We adore you and want your glory.

If you agree please leave us a comment and tell us if you’ll allow God to send you.