Week 3, Day 5

The Willingness to Accept God's Mission

By: Kason Coulter

Isaiah 6:8

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”

It’s Sunday morning.  Nate’s band just finished a killer set.  David keeps the hype up and makes the announcements.  As he wraps up details, the door creaks open. In walks Jesus.  PNW Jesus looks like what you might imagine PNW Jesus to look like.  A dreadlocked white guy wearing a flannel shirt, and TOMS shoes, makes his way to his rightful place behind the podium.  He explains that he has chosen us, the RVC congregation, to have the opportunity to go with him on a special mission trip. The scenario plays out in one of two ways.

First:  “I’m going to Hawaii for the next three weeks on a mission trip.  We’ll be staying at the Four Seasons, all expenses paid, including the premium spa package.  There will be drinks with umbrellas, surfing lessons, and any other adventure you can think of.  I’ll be there with you 24/7 to answer questions, offer life advice, and tell stories. Who’d like to come!?”

Second: “I’m going to the Sudan.  There is an Islamic terrorist group slaughtering non-believers.  Best case you may end up in prison, or enslaved. At the very least you will be tortured, most likely killed.  Food and accommodations are not guaranteed, and water will be scarce. Worst of all, in this area of Africa Prime membership does not include free two day shipping.  Who’s in!?” Dramatic as the contrast between these two trips may be, the answer in response to both of these missions is undoubtedly, “YES! Jesus take me!” Frightening as though the latter may be, Jesus himself will be there with you.  

No amount of danger or death could be worse than missing out on being there with Christ. *PAUSE* Why then, do we find it so difficult to answer our calling when it is RIGHT HERE IN SEATTLE!?  When we can make an impact directly outside of this building, why do we brush off our mission for the sake of comfort and convenience. Our calling might not manifest itself in as extravagant a way as Isaiah's, but our answer should be the same, “Here am I. Send me!”

Reflection Questions  

What was do we prioritize our comfort over the mission of God? Pray that God would send you today into the opportunities he has for you.