Isaiah 6:8, says, I heard the voice of the sovereign master say, “Whom will I send? Who will go on our behalf?” 1 I answered, “Here I am, send me!” Isaiah served the Lord mightily. His story is a good one to try to emulate, I think. No, it is not a fairy tale. It is a real story that we should all use as an example of how to serve our almighty God.
Isaiah accepted the responsibility to go forth for God.
Let me give you an example of where someone did not accept their responsibility and instead is asking another to go for him. Luke 16:24 says, So he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.’
The end of that chapter is a lesson for so many here that feel their temporary blessings are so important to the exclusion of those who are indeed needy. The second greatest commandment is to love others as yourself. That does indeed mean that we should love others just as much as we love ourselves. The rich man had not loved Lazarus, and he was not worthy of heavenly treasures for that.
But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ So the rich man said, ‘Then I beg you, father – send Lazarus to my father’s house (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don’t come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.’ Then the rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He replied to him, ‘If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”