Oswald Chamber’s writes about responding to God’s call. He points out that in Isaiah 6:8, God didn’t specifically call Isaiah.
8Also 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.
It was up to Isaiah to boldly say “Here I am. Send me!”
The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). That is, few prove that they are the chosen ones. The chosen ones are those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and have had their spiritual condition changed and their ears opened. Then they hear “the voice of the Lord” continually asking, “. . . who will go for Us?” However, God doesn’t single out someone and say, “Now, you go.” He did not force His will on Isaiah. Isaiah was in the presence of God, and he overheard the call. His response, performed in complete freedom, could only be to say, “Here am I! Send me.”
How do you respond when God calls? Does he get a busy signal? We are planing on sitting down in the next couple of weeks and go over goals and plans for the new year and beyond. I am excited to see what God has laid on our hearts!