While listening to the praise of the angels, Isaiah realized he was common and unclean before God, with no hope of measuring up to God’s standard of holiness. When his lips were touched with a burning coal, however, he was told his sins were forgiven. It wasn’t the coal that cleansed him, but God. In response he submitted himself entirely to God’s service. No matter how difficult his task would be, he said, “Here I am, send me.” The painful cleansing process was necessary before Isaiah could fulfill the task to which God was calling him. Before we accept God’s call to speak for him to those around us, we must be cleansed as Isaiah was.

 

Letting God purify us may be painful, but we must be purified so that we can truly represent God, who is pure and holy.

 

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 

Many Christians claim holiness…

Holiness means: To be morally perfect, pure,and set apart from sin.

 

Our righteousness is as filthy rags. It is only by the shed blood of the Lamb of God on Calvary’s cross that we find Redemption and Remission of sin.

 

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