Isaiah 6:8 – Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?
It moves me to think that our glorious, our magnificent all powerful God (as described in the preceding verses of Isaiah 6) would ask something of us. This God who has been so good to us, who gave His only son to die for us, who picked us up when no one else would…this God is looking for someone to go for Him! This great God has something that He would like to accomplish in this world and he is asking…whom shall I send…who will go for us?
For anyone who says, “yes Lord, I’ll go for you”, courage is absolutely indispensable. In Joshua 1, God was giving Joshua instruction on the next phase for the children of Israel, and in 3 verses, He tells Joshua to be courageous 3 times! This is significant because the issue is not so much that there aren’t enough people who hear the call to embrace the idea of doing something for God, but I dare say that there aren’t enough people who have the COURAGE to do what they hear,
And so in order to ensure that Joshua and the children of Israel don’t just stop at being people who are called…He interjects 3 times in 3 verses an instruction to be strong and courageous!
Definitions of Courage
- Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you! It is the strength to face pain or grief.
- Courage is the willingness to start something without any guarantee that you’ll succeed.
In researching this concept of courage and indeed looking at the definitions that we have given, I’ve come to believe that the greatest influence over our choice to be courage is our willingness to be vulnerable.
Brene brown a renowned American researcher said this “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Notice that the will of God is eternal life, Zoe life, but in other to get a hold of eternal life, death is essential. This type of death is a death that is chosen, not a death that comes upon you without any participation on your part. This type of death requires vulnerability!
Jesus is the perfect example of this vulnerability. The bible describes Him as the lion of the tribe of Judah. This is the image of courage that most of us have. We often see being courageous as being like a lion in business, being a lion for your house, in your industry. This is right as it ought to be the case that we are as bold as a lion in every sphere of influence.
But on the other hand the bible talks about Jesus being the lamb…this speaks of vulnerability.
How willing are you to be vulnerable? You cannot truly talk about courage without vulnerability… which means we are never going to be able to answer the call of God courageously without the willingness to be vulnerable!
The will of God lies on the other side of our willingness to be vulnerable! The will of God for our friendships, our calling, our marriages, our whole life depends on us being courageous enough to be as bold as a lion, and as vulnerable as a lamb
The beauty of being vulnerable is that you leave yourself open to the best person to take care of you…Jesus, our strength, our wisdom, our strong tower…we’ll look at this another time.
Meanwhile, Be Courageous! Be Vulnerable!