VISION THAT TRANSFORMS
Thursday, 1 February, 2018
Isaiah 6 : 1-13
Then I said, "It's all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King......, "See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven." -Isaiah 6:5-7[NLT]
A true vision of God makes one humble enough to acknowledge his own unworthiness. See our first Apostle- Peter who after witnessing a life-transforming miracle in the sea of Galilee has uttered the same: “When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me-I’m too much of a sinner to be around You.”(Luke 5:8) This is the real starting point in anybody’s life in order to walk with God.
Two effects that a true vision brings on a person, are worth noticing:
Death of self:
As we read in vs.5, the light from God penetrated to the inner most being of Isaiah. It revealed himself-his own unworthiness; he can now no longer be the same person. The light that transforms every man has made its way to the root of the problem that is one’s own self. The rule of self dies and the real ruler comes into picture. The Lord of all enters the scene and His glory fills the heart and life of the one who has received this vision. This will in turn make the person, truly and remarkably changed from inside out. After seeing the Lord of glory, no human will remain the same. He will be dead to self and alive to the Lord who hence forth rules and reins over his life.
Death of the world around:
As we read above the prophet realizes the sinfulness of the world around him. It’s not only that he realizes this shocking truth but also, God’s reaction towards sinfulness. As we read in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death …”. No kings or men of elegance in this world can redeem us; Jesus is the only way out.
As soon as the beauty of this world dies within us, the beauty of eternal world becomes a reality. This makes us crave for eternity. This dying to one’s self and to this world is a process that all true servants of God have to go through before they can represent the eternal kingdom of God. This is what the true meaning of the verse is when Paul writes to Galatians:
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal.2:20)
“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Gal.6:14)
The vision of God and His glory ultimately brings Isaiah to the great commission of his life. God is asking aloud: ‘Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”’ (Isaiah 6:8)
Note: Dear reader this is the point God wants each of us to reach. If you feel you are far away from this reality, God is calling you through this very narration of Isaiah's divine vision!
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