Isaiah’s great vision by which he receives his calling can be discovered and applied in three parts.
- A vision of the Holiness of God – an UPward vision.
- A vision of the Sinfulness of self – an INward vision.
- A vision of the Need to be filled – an OUTward vision.
Every person who comes to know the LORD will go through this same process. In fact, as we walk with the LORD, we will find that we tend to rotate through these three stages. I’m not sure what stage you are at today, but let me offer you a picture, a mirror, and a window.
A Picture of God’s Holiness
Pictures are never as good as the real thing. Words are pitiful when employed with the task of describing God. I am curious to know if Isaiah read his words describing the scene he portrays in the sixth chapter of his book and felt as if the words were inadequate. His words give us a glimpse of the majesty of our LORD. God is so many things; He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. But perhaps the greatest difference between God and man is that God is holy and man is not; man is sinful and God is not. When you have a clear picture of His holiness, you will be looking into a mirror which reveals your true self.
A Mirror to See Yourself
When Isaiah saw the holiness of God, he could clearly see the sinfulness of himself. Being in God’s presence is like looking into a mirror that reveals all of your sin and weaknesses. That is why Isaiah said, “All of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). But notice what happens when you continue to look into the mirror. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the LORD, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD.
A Window to See the Need
Certainly you have notice the immediate excitement in one who has recently been changed and forgiven by God. They want to tell everyone what the LORD has done for them. Isaiah’s immediate response to having his sins forgiven is availability. “Here am I, send me!”
Luke 16 tells us of a certain rich man and a certain poor man named Lazarus. The rich man had everything he needed for a comfortable life. Lazarus laid at the rich man’s gate, full of sores and desiring the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. The rich man needed a window to see the need that was just outside his gate. If we have been saved by the power of God, then we need a window to see those who are dying just outside of our gates, hungry for just a little taste of the presences of God that we enjoy on a daily basis.
A picture, a mirror, and a window; which one do you need today?