Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania

Save To Be Sent
          

What’s next? Lying there on my bed in Room 242 of Gaige Hall at Millersville State College, I remember thinking that question during my first day as a freshman in the Fall of ’73. What’s next?

What’s next after “being saved?” Let’s look at Isaiah 6:1-8.  There is some debate as to whether or not this passage deals with Isaiah’s salvation or his commission. While it is very natural for us occidentals to think in terms of either-or, I would assert that this is a both-and situation. This passage is describing both Isaiah’s salvation and his commissioning.
Isaiah begins by saying that he “saw the Lord sitting on a throne,” (vs. 1) and heard one seraphim call out to another with these words: “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory” (vs. 3).

Isaiah finds himself in the very presence of God and cries out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined!” (vs. 5)  He sees his ruination caused by his being a “man of unclean lips” (vs. 5) and confessionally cries out to the King, the LORD of Hosts.

What follows next is wondrously awesome.  He was saved by the thrice-Holy God. This salvation was experienced as one of the seraphim touched his mouth with a burning coal from the heavenly altar while declaring, “… your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgiven” (vs. 7). Isaiah was saved; what was next?

Isaiah was sent. After hearing the voice of the Lord, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (vs. 8), Isaiah responds with these oft-quoted words, “Here am I, send me!” (vs. 8) Isaiah was sent (i.e. commissioned) to proclaim God’s message to men.

Isaiah was saved to be sent. How about you? Are you saved? Have you seen the holiness of God as revealed in His Word? Do you recognize that you are unclean before Him, even crying out, “woe is me, for I am ruined!”? Have you come to God’s altar of the Cross upon which Christ bore your iniquity, as I Peter 2:24 says, “and He (Jesus) Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross…”? Have you believed upon Jesus alone to have your sin forgiven? Are you saved?
If you are saved, then are you sent? Isaiah was saved to be sent; so were you! God is still looking for saved people who will go/be sent to proclaim His message to men. God is still looking for those who will say, “here am I, send me!”
Dear friend, God did not save us to have us sit around doing nothing. No, He saved us to send us to our families, neighbors, colleagues, even our enemies with the only message that can save them from the ruination of their sin.
That’s the “what’s next” of salvation. What are we doing about it?

In Christ,
Pastor Drew

 

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