• Pastor Olson

Who will go?

Tell others about the mercy of God. God does not treat us as our sins deserve. God has

forgiven all your sins. He has forgotten all the times you have misused your tongue. He did not

sweep your sins under the rug. No, he laid them all on Jesus. Your heavenly Father punished

Jesus for your sins and allowed him to suffer and die as our substitute to endure the punishment

we deserved. When Jesus rose from the dead, God was announcing to the world that Jesus

completed and succeeded in his mission. You are all recipients of the mercy of God.

God has touched your heart with the gospel to assure you of his mercy and forgiveness.

You are not going to die, but live! So, he has also touched your lips so that you are eager to share

his Word with others. He has touched your life so that you volunteer all that you are and have in

service to him. You echo the words of King David and pray: “Unseal our lips to sing your


6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted,

and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With

two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were

flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with


5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a

people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with

tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips;

your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

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!”

Dear Friends,

Prince of Peace wouldn’t be here without volunteers who give their time to serve our

Lord. Consider all the people who make worship services possible: those who prepare bulletins,

musicians, people operating the audio/video equipment, ushers, greeters, maintenance men

replacing light bulbs, cleaning the building and on and on. Or consider those who clean the

parking lot, mow the lawn, invite friends to church, handle the finances, and so many other

things. Where would we be without the free will gifts of those who generously support our work.

Volunteerism is essential for the successive of the ministry.

Finding volunteers isn’t always an easy venture, especially when the task is an unpleasant

one. For instance, if I told you that I’m pretty sure there is something dead in the attic because

something smells rotten up there, would you volunteer to go up there, find whatever it is and get

it out of there? At the time when these words of Isaiah were written, God was looking for a

volunteer for a difficult task. This volunteer was to harden the hearts of the people of Judah

against God himself! God was so tired of the incurable rebellion of the people of Judah that he

was determined to reject them. He needed a volunteer who would, “make the heart of this people

calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes.” This volunteer would also have the joy of

upholding the hope of salvation for a small remnant of this wicked nation who still listened

attentively to God’s Word, those whom God had reserved as his own people.

Would you volunteer to be hated by people? Would you volunteer to tell them they are

going to go to hell for rejecting God’s Word? Would the few people who listen and believe

God’s promises of forgiveness and salvation be enough to compel you to volunteer to do this

difficult work? In our text, we hear about a man who said:

“Here am I! Send me!”

1. to tell of God’s majesty

2. to tell of God’s mercy

The man’s name was Isaiah. Was he crazy? What would ever compel a man to do s