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HERE I AM.


EXODUS 3:1-4

"There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.

So Moses thought, 'I will go over and see this strange sight - why the bush does not burn up.'

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, 'Moses! Moses!'

And Moses said, 'Here I am.'



GENESIS 22:1-5

"Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, 'Abraham!'

'Here I am,' he replied.



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!'"



ACTS 9:10

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, 'Ananias.'

And he said, 'Here I am, Lord.'”



1 SAMUEL 3:1-10

"Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see,

and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down,

that the Lord called Samuel.

And he answered, 'Here I am!'

So he ran to Eli and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.'

And he said, 'I did not call; lie down again.' And he went and lay down.

Then the Lord called yet again, 'Samuel!'

So Samuel arose and went to Eli,

and said, 'Here I am, for you called me.'

He answered, 'I did not call, my son; lie down again.'

(Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli,

and said, 'Here I am, for you did call me.'

Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, 'Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ' So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, 'Samuel! Samuel!'

And Samuel answered, 'Speak, for Your servant hears.'





Being honest - I enjoy volunteering.

60% of the time, I know what I'm volunteering for.

25% of the time, I'm "pretty sure" what I'm volunteering for...

And, that leaves 15% .... the times when I know that someone needs help but I don't actually know what I'm volunteering to do to help them - only that I said I'd be there.


In the Bible, we're given many examples when, out of faith, God has called someone and they, without questions, have answered, "Here I am!"


"Here I am" is opening yourself up to Who is calling you. In the Bible, in each of the above circumstances, these servants didn't try to hide - even when they didn't understand they were being called by God.

There was a dedication to being available for direction that overpowered the selfish need of personal gain, desires and self-centered goals.



Let's look over these examples:

Moses,

Abraham,

Isaiah,

Ananias,

and Samuel.


"WHO'S CALLING ME?"

Moses was done tending to the flock and was leading them "to the back of the desert" when something startled him. There was a bush on fire. In all his years, he had never seen such a thing!

Curious, as we all are, he went closer to check it out.

That is when God calls Moses by name.

I imagine a chill went up Moses' back as he said, maybe even stammering, "Here I am."


Abraham had just made a covenant with Abimelech over a well and was living in the land of the Philistines. God suddenly called to Abraham and I have to imagine that, after all the talks God and Abraham had, that Abraham knew it was the Lord.

And, Abraham said, "Here I am."


Isaiah was a Prophet among a nation who wasn't listening to or obeying the Lord. Isaiah was called to proclaim both life and death, both condemnation and hope - judgement as well as the promise of salvation.

In this context, Isaiah was having a vision and the Lord literally asked who He should send to proclaim truth to the people.

Isaiah raised his hand and said, "Here I am. Send me!"


Ananias was a solid servant of the Lord. He lived in Damascus and had no idea that a killer was headed his direction. Saul, later known as Paul, was headed his way and God was ready to use them both, connecting them for a brief moment, producing healing on both sides.

All God had to do was say Ananias' name and Ananias said, "Here I am."


Samuel was birthed out of persistent prayer and God's promise. He was a boy when the Lord called him. Having not heard from the Lord before, he ran to Eli, ready to help. Eli dismissed him 3 times before realizing that God was speaking to Samuel and that the boy didn't know. The 4th time, instead of, "Here I am!", Samuel responded with, "Speak, for your servant hears!"


"WHAT DID I SIGN UP FOR???"

All of these faith-filled believers were devoted to service, saying, "Lord, I'm here. I'm listening. I'm ready. Use me."


Moses did not realize he was signing up to face a nation and lead his people in an evacuation to the desert. He did not ask ahead of time if this would require stepping out of his comfort zone to become a public speaker, nor was he told ahead of time that he would be performing miracles and be the display of God's power and salvation.


Abraham was comfortable, successful and had God's promised gift of a son to awake to each morning. He did not know what would be asked if him and I'm thinking he never dreamed that he would be asked to show that he would not withhold even his precious son, should the Lord ask it of him.


Isaiah did not ask ahead of time to see how many people he would be addressing and what to do when the message he was given to deliver was blunt and sharp. He did not ask how many people would come against him if he obeyed.


Ananias was asked to face the man who was slaughtering his brothers and sisters in the faith. He was asked to heal the man who wounded and killed those around him. Ananias was asked to seek out the man he was hiding from - the man who actually sought out and got permission to hunt Christ-followers down.


Samuel was an obedient child. He was faithful. And God understood he would be an amazing tool for Him before the boy even knew His voice calling him. He didn't ask how hard the road would be. He just followed the Lord onto the path and began walking.



END POINT

God could have and would have done what He needed to do without them. But He wanted them. Just like He wants each of us.

If we put limits on what we're willing to do for the Kingdom, then we put limits on how far God can take us.

If we decide to stay comfortable, God will leave us in our padded world and He will use someone willing to walk through some thorns to cultivate a garden of beautiful flowers in His name.

God doesn't need us. But He wants to use us to show others what He can do. He wants to use our hands to serve and our feet to walk towards people and our hearts to love and our mouths to declare His glory and hope.


Will you say, "Here I am! Use me!"

Or will you ignore your name being called and wait for Him to call in someone else?



When He calls you - He will empower you - and you will have the words and the strength and the love to press on.


Answer Him.



❤️

Sarah Jane





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