THE CALL TO SERVICE
Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
Isaiah 6:8. Today we are discussing "The Call to Service."
The Bible does not know about anybody who is seriously
saved who does not serve. You are not saved by serving, but
when you are saved, you will serve because you love God.
People who do not love God and do not understand the Gospel
will not serve. When we understand the Gospel as Isaiah saw
it, we will want to serve.
The Gospel is just as clear as I know how to make it in the
6th chapter of Isaiah. Read it over and over again and see
how he was saved. Then see how we are saved in the Book of
Romans. It is the same way. How wonderful to know that.
In verse 8 we read, "Also I (Isaiah) heard the voice of the
Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, Here am I; send me." Isaiah heard the voice of
the Lord. God spoke words to him and he replied. "God
wanted something of me, and because He had saved me, I
would do anything for Him. When He said, whom shall I send'
I said, "Here am I; send me," and He said, "Go." Three
speakings: the voice of the Lord to Isaiah; Isaiah back to
the Lord; and then the Lord to Isaiah, "Go and tell."
"Go and Tell"
"Go, and tell. " These are important words. I want to call
your attention to the fact that this is a call to service.
He is not calling him to "Go and tell" in order to be
saved. God did not tell Isaiah to "Go and tell, " until
after he had seen his sin, cried out, "Woe is me!" and the
Lord had purged his iniquity and cleansed his sin. Then God
spoke to him about serving Him.
It is useless for a preacher to stand up and tell an
audience of unsaved people who have never been born again
(most of our church members are not born again, if we
believe what most Christian conviction is today) to go and
serve the Lord. An unsaved person doesn't know the Lord or
doesn't want to k ...
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