I’ve heard Henry Blackaby say many times that real obedience to God means saying “yes” before we’ve even heard the assignment. That kind of obedience requires complete submission to the authority of God. When the prophet Isaiah had that famous vision of our holy God seated on the throne, he displayed real, complete submission.

Read the passage from Isaiah and then watch the one-minute video below.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3And they were calling to one another:

   “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “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.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

   And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:1-8, NIV

I admit that my submission to God does not always look like Isaiah’s. Often it is more like my children’s as I described in the video. My biggest trouble is probably fear. Fear over what God may ask me to give up. Fear over how hard the assignment might be. I pray God will continue to teach me that He deserves my complete, unconditional obedience.

What about you? What holds you back from real, complete submission to God?

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