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You cannot say, here I am, send me unless you really mean it and are ready to go wherever and whenever God sends you. Because if you are thinking it will be in nice fancy hotels and in front of cameras with dainty little steps and pointed heel shoes, then you better stay right where you are in your comfort zone. When God calls you, you will be standing alone in an orchard with trees full of ripe fruits, in the middle of the harvest season with no equipment, ready to pick. Mary the mother of Jesus life changes when God announced to her that He had chosen her to be the carrier of His child. Her life turned upside down from a excited bride to be to a homeless woman on the run from a King who wanted to kill her baby.
It will cost you to follow Jesus, and there is no turning back. There is a price to pay, when you put your hand up to follow Jesus. It will cost you your friends, your habits, your comfort zone and everything your flesh runs after. It cost Jesus His life on the cross when He said to His father, "Here I am, send me."
There will be times you will have no money for food or to pay your bills. The devil will laugh on your face for leaving your comfort things behind to sleep on the mattress on the floor. Your families and close friends will tell you that you are crazy, that something has gone wrong with you and you will secretly wonder if they are right because you know you have changed.
You will no longer be able to enjoy the fellowship of friends in clubs and social places you once hung around in. Your associations with your loved ones and friends will change. The things you once enjoyed and the passions and hobbies you once spend time in will no longer satisfy your soul. You will start feeling a pull, a tug so strong in your spirit that nothing else will make you happy till you find where that pull is coming from. One by one all your friends will say good bye, as they fall off your radar because you are no long fun to be with. Because all you talk about is this 'Jesus'.
It is a lonely walk following Jesus, when you say, "Here I am, send me!"
But the reward is like none other because you will find yourself doing exactly what you have been called to do and you will no longer be looking for 'that something missing' in night clubs, in market places, in alcohol and gambling and in relationships. Because when you put your hand up and say, "Here I am Lord, send me," you will find that you have finally found home. That you have found 'that something' that satisfies your soul. You will find that you are no longer 'searching for that something missing' because it was your purpose that was missing, it was God missing that you were looking for in places and in things and in people.
When you put your hand up for God, you are saying, "Lord for all that you have done for me, I bring to you my sacrifice of thanksgiving, myself." Abraham brought to God the one thing that was the closest to his heart, his promised son Isaac. There is nothing you and I love more than ourselves. That is why we buy all those shoes and handbags and wigs and clothes to adorn ourselves. And when you bring yourself to God to allow Him to use you as He sees fit, it is a prayer, a sacrifice unto God of that which is most valuable to you, 'yourself!'
Are you ready for the ultimate sacrifice of all that you are and all that you ever wanna be, bringing it to the Master's feet and saying, "Here I am Lord, send me."
It will cost you to lay down everything and everyone you hold close to your heart and run after Him who made you, your maker and your creditor. We are not here to build our own kingdom, but His Kingdom here on earth. We are privileged that He found us first and now it is our job to bring others to Him. "Here I am Lord, send me!" I will go wherever you send me. I will eat whatever you give me. I will do all that you have assigned me to do and I will bring my praise to You the most High God. In all that I am and all that I ever wanna be, I bring to you my sacrifices of joy and thanksgiving for all that you have done for me. "Here I am Lord, send me!"