Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
TITHE GIVING SUNDAY
Verse:7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said,” Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out”.
Bring the tenth part into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” Says the Lord of all. See if I will not then open the windows of heaven and pour out good things for you until there is no more need”.
(Malachi3:10b). We remember what Lord Jesus said,” we are happier when we give than to receive”. In Luke we read, Give, and it will give unto you, You will have more than enough. In Hebrews, we read, “ we should be generous and willing to give anything we can, if we don't have money, we should serve.
The book of Isaiah used,” the year King Uzziah died, as a reference point for describing the vision in which he saw the vision of the Lord of Hosts.
A better way to start our devotion to Isaiah's divine call is by talking about our prime human needs. The need for the purpose and meaning of our lives. At any age during our life, the quest for purpose and meaning sneaks beneath the surface of life. Similar expressions of purpose and meaning can be seen in the life of Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, and theologian who was imprisoned in the resistance movement against the Nazis. He wrote from prison.” I am here for a purpose and I only hope I may fulfill it”. In our affluent consumeristic society, the purpose and meaning of life are often focused on salary, status, and other material gains.
King Uzziah ruled over Judah for fifty-two years, a period of strength, peace, and prosperity for Israel. After his death, people went astray, became rebellious against God, and lived in utmost sin. It was declared as a time of national crisis, and that is when God intervened and called Isaiah for a purpose. Isaiah entered the temple with a heavy heart, then he had a divine vision. He was overwhelmed by God's majesty and glory, where angelic hosts were singing and praising,” Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of Hosts.” Isaiah suddenly felt the unworthiness to stand before the Holy presence of God. He was set free by the seraph sent from His holy presence, from the sin and the unclean lips. He was made worthy to respond to a divine call. Isaiah responded to God's call to go on a mission, and he surrendered to His call for a purpose.
Will we heed God's call for a purpose? Our call may not be through a dramatic vision, but it may be during a bible study, a sermon, or a quiet time with God. Holy Spirit may be whispering within us for a divine purpose. Shall we listen to His call?
Eternal Father, forgive us for our inability to listen to your call for a mission, rather focus on our material gains. Prepare us to listen to your gentle whispers in our hearts, our quiet time. Let us fulfill our purpose and meaning in life through your grace. Amen.
Thought for the Day
What are we here for? What difference our life does make
so far towards fullling divine purpose and mission ?.