Here am I! send me

Shepherd’s Outpost

By Pastor Ron Gardner

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! send me.Isaiah 6:8

Through out Scripture, we see men chosen of God who would by today’s standard be considered
outcasts, less than desirable, unqualified. And yet, these are the very one’s who ended up becoming the
hero’s of our faith. Not because of any talent they possessed, nor because of there supreme intellect, for
you see, it was not because they possessed ability, but availability. We read in Zechariah 4:6 “…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” What qualified and still qualifies those who were and are used of God, is there lack of qualifications according to the worlds standards.

1st Corinthians 1:27 “ God has chosen the foolish things of this world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”

When Moses was chosen by God to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, Moses gave God his reasons
why he couldn’t be used, neither eloquent nor a gifted speaker. AS he declared the many reasons why he wasn’t qualified, those things he thought disqualified him was in fact that which made him uniquely
qualified.

Exodus 4:11 “So the Lord said, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the
deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what to say.”

Moses was used not because of his ability, but solely because of his availability. Likewise, the Apostle Paul, a giant of faith, upon his conversion sought to empty himself of himself desirous of himself to be used of God.

1st Corinthians 2:4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

Paul, who was a Pharisee, and a learned man, having studied under Gamaliel, emptied himself of what the world calls great, and found himself used of God mightily.

1st Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

See, greatness with God comes by way of emptiness, and that of self. You can’t be filled with
Gods Spirit if you remain full of yourself, there’s simply no room! And our God is a God who won’t
crowd us out in order to take up residency within us. If our abilities, accomplishments, and our talents
become our qualifications, He simply says; “enjoy, I’ll keep looking.” It’s only when we cry out; “Lord I
have nothing to offer except my heart.” It’s only then that He declares; “That’s all I ever wanted.” For it is then, as He uses us, He gets the glory which He so deserves, as we realize any talent we might happen to posses truly came from Him in the first place. Simply be available, leave your talents at the door, and let Him use you as He deems necessary.

Romans 11:36 “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

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