In Isaiah 6, Isaiah sees a vision of the Lord seated on His throne with the train of His robe filling the temple, and he has an interesting reaction. In the presence of holiness, Isaiah recognizes the lack of holiness in himself. He falls on his face in confession, in worship and in an acknowledgment of his own depravity as he says:
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
Then the Lord reaches out, purifies him, makes him righteous and asks, “Whom shall I send?” In brokenness, Isaiah responds, “Here am I. Send me!” And the Lord sends him out in ministry.
What struck me in this passage was Isaiah’s recognition of the Lord. I think it’s easy for us to get so caught up in what we do that we fail to see Him in His holiness on the throne and have a proper response to Him. We can go all day and not even think about the Lord. It can be really easy to do our jobs but lose sight of Him.
What would it look like if we kept Jesus before us? Could we keep His holiness and His righteousness before us so that as we’re doing what God has gifted us to do, it’s more of an expression of our gifting out of response to the Lord and not just doing our job?
Whatever you do, keep the Lord your focal point. As you go about your day, continually think about Him and turn to Him. If you get a minute, read and reread those few verses of Isaiah’s interaction with the Lord. Let’s put ourselves in perspective before Him as we do what we do today, serving the Lord in whatever we do in response to the bigness of Him, giving our time and energy and effort all for His glory.