I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send…. Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8)
The gospel invitation is offered freely to one and all, but many are too preoccupied to hear or heed. They never allow God’s call to become a reason for decision. As a result, they live out their entire lives insisting that they never heard any call from God!
The answer to that is plain. God has been trying to get through to them, but engrossed in a host of worldly pursuits, their line is always busy.
The world around us wants to put us in the same straitjacket that would have kept Abraham in Ur of the Chaldees.
“We will talk to you about religion” is the seemingly kindly offer people give us today. But then they add the disclaimer: “Just do not make religion personal.” Most people seem to have come to terms with an acceptance of religion if it does not have the Cross of Christ within it!
But when God calls men and women to the belief that Christ has given us the only way to God through His death and atonement, their faith will be an offense to the world. It was so in Abraham’s day, and it is so in our day!