The True Servant of God

Michael Beck

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? …” (Isaiah 6:8)

God is still looking for those who will go for Him. He would send out those who will speak for Him. Those who go and speak for themselves are interested in their own glory. The ministry is a way to satisfy their own selfish ambitions. They want the power and the glory that Jesus declined on the high mountaintop. (Lk. 4:6-8)

But Jesus laid out who were true, righteous servants of God. “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” (John 7:18) The true oracle of God wants no glory of men. He is “in it” for God and God alone. The reward at the judgment seat of His Master is enough for Him. He will not be seduced by Balak, no matter how great the offer.

The Lord could not find many in Isaiah’s day who would go “for” Him. Plenty, then and now, go in their own name, and are well-received. (John 5:43) It really doesn’t matter if we call ourselves by Christ’s Name, or pray in His Name, if what we do is “of” ourselves. Acceptable service to Christ begins with a decision to wear the yoke which He wore. It must always share His testimony: “I can do nothing of Myself.” To the degree that we will do His will and not our own, He will use us. To the degree we seek His glory and not our own, we will be true to Him.

With these things in mind, are you ready to be sent forth as a true servant of the Lord?

“… Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.