In Acts chapter 9, Saul, the lead Pharisee persecuting Jesus’ followers in Israel and the surrounding region is in Damascus but he is blind. The Lord spoke to a disciple in Damascus named Ananias (Acts 9:10) and he responded “Here I am, Lord.” God sent Ananias to talk to Saul and help restore his sight.
“Here I am, Lord,” tells God we’re available to do what he says. Often, I still don’t do what he says. Sometimes he tells me to stop and help a stranded motorist or visit an old friend. I want to think I’m saying “Here I am, Lord,” but so often I do not. I filter the ideas God gives me.
I found these instances of someone saying Here I am to God.
- Abraham said it when sacrificing Isaac in the wilderness Genesis 22.
- Jacob said it twice. In Genesis 31:11 the angel of the Lord told him to leave Laban. And Genesis 46:2 God tells him it is OK to go to Egypt.
- Moses said it in Exodus 3:4 at the burning bush.
- Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:4-8 when God commissions Samuel as a prophet.
- Isaiah says “Here am I” in Isaiah 6:8.
- Ananias says it in Acts 9:10.
There is another instance where David, in 2 Samuel 15:26 says he will tell the Lord “Here I am” if the Lord intends to kill him as he is running from Absalom.
The list consists of people great and not-so-great who made themselves available to God. Notice Adam isn’t on this list. God called to Adam with the question, “Where are you?” God knew where he was. Adam was being given a chance. But having just sinned, he said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”
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Is God asking you to do something? Will you answer “Here I am, Lord”? Today as you enter your workplace or any other place, you can know God actively looks for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). We worship God by doing what he says. God has a purpose and we have a choice. We can say “Here I am, Lord” as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah and Ananias did and God will use us. Or we can repeat Adam’s reaction and run from God.
Today, let’s ask God to show us how we live “Here I am, Lord” in our workplaces. One way to do this is to take the Ministry Mindset Survey and check the box at the bottom for the Ministry Mindset Challenge. The survey gives you a baseline score for how often you think like a minister at work. The Challenge is 4 weeks of daily email messages designed to help you train to spot opportunities to minister in your workplace. Check it out!
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