Isaiah-Michelangelo image from Wikimedia Commons.
By Lisa Nordell-Detres
The book of Isaiah is so rich and full of emotion, prophecy and imagery. The vision of Isaiah’s purification and dedication in Isaiah 6 gives a glimpse of Heaven and Isaiah’s realization of his inadequacy in the moment. I think we all come to that point at some point of our lives, especially if we have been called into some sort of Christian ministry.
There are some fallacies in the thinking of many church people which keeps them on the sideline. The first involves the concept of “feeling called” to serve. If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ, then you signed up to serve Him. The real question is, “What are you doing for Christ?” Are you simply occupying a seat in your local church for an hour a week? That isn’t service; that is being what I call a “pew potato.”
Clearly there is a crisis of service in the Church when even mega-churches have trouble keeping basic ministries such as caring for and teaching the children adequately staffed with volunteers. The “80/20” rule should be turned on upside down in the church, but sadly it seems like less than 10% of the members do more than 90% of the work on a weekly basis. If you belong to a church, or even attend regularly, then you need to volunteer your skills at that church.
Another fallacy is the idea that missionaries are special people who devote their lives to telling others about Jesus and usually travel to foreign countries to do so. If you take a look at The Great Commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20, He said to “go and make disciples of all nations…” Jesus didn’t say to pay someone else to go, He told us all to go.
What we sometimes fail to understand is that if your next door neighbors or co-workers have not heard about the Gospel of Jesus, you are not doing your job! I am not advocating being obnoxious about our faith, but rather living in such a way and being a person from whom the Holy Spirit just bubbles out and splashes all over everybody you meet! That means daily praying what Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me!” knowing that God will equip you and then schedule divine appointments for you as you go about your day.
Spend time every day with God; ask Him what He would have you do for Him today. If your life lacks adventure, I can think of no better way to break out of the rut in which you live than to start asking God to send you out to do His will! Oh, and don’t worry about feeling inadequate, the Holy Spirit in you will cover whatever you might be missing!
Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.
Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.