It’s an age-old story. You get into an argument with your mate. You yell at your kids. You get angry at someone in traffic, and while you are on your way to church, you think, “What’s the point? How can I come before God like this? How can I serve Him like this?
If you have ever felt like that, you are not alone. Isaiah felt the same way when he had a vision of the Lord, Almighty. …I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1.
How did Isaiah respond to this vision? “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.”
Isaiah felt the weight of his brokenness pressing down on him. When the angel purified his lips by touching the coal to his lips, he learned that being in God’s presence should not make you aware of your mistakes, it should make you aware of His grace.
Then, in the midst of Isaiah’s brokenness, God said in the vision, “…Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then Isaiah responded, “Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:8
We do not come before God to show off our “Christianness” to God or each other. We do come before God to experience his grace. And once we experience it – share it.
I like the song from Matthew West called “Broken Things.” The chorus reads
Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring You so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I am all Yours
God wants to use us – all of us – all of our talents and our junk. Because the funny thing about your brokenness is that God can use you to reach others that can relate to what you have gone through. As the saying goes, “One Man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Well, God can make treasure out of anything once he adds His love to it. He can turn your failures into platforms of grace and mercy to reach others. Despite all the junk, come before God, experience his grace, and when he asks who will go and share, reply “Here am I, Lord. Send me.”