This week’s lesson takes us to the biblical pages of the prophet Isaiah. One of the most encouraging truths I see coming from the story of Isaiah is when [at first] he claims to be a man “undone” and one of “unclean lips”. Isaiah feels inadequate and unable to proclaim the message of God. It’s at this moment that a hot coal is brought to Isaiah’s mouth which removes his sin and enables him to proclaim truth to disobedient Israel. Our world is in desperate need of more “hot-coal Isaiah’s!” We need more men and women of Christ to stand and boldly claim the truth that salvation comes through none other than God’s Son. We need courage combined with vision! The courage of vision is to say "Lord if that is you let me come to you walking on the water." The courage of vision is to say "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." The courage of vision is to say "If God be for us, who can be against us." The courage of vision is to say "The trials of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory of the next life." Isaiah’s initial reluctance came from his own feelings of inadequacy. It’s extremely unfortunate that folks still use their own inadequacy as an excuse not to bring others to the truth. I understand that making sure our neighbors know that sin separates them Christ is an unpleasant task, but the actions of the faithful few have the possibility of saving hundreds from spiritual death. Remind yourself what’s at stake!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.