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Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1–11, Matthew 26:39, 28:19; Acts 13:22

Memory verse: Isaiah 6:8
"Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!' "

Lead—In

Parents are happy when their children obey. Teachers are delighted when their students follow instructions and complete their assignments. Employers are pleased when their workers willingly give their best effort to get the job done.

Ask: Why do children obey, students complete assignments and workers willingly get the job done? (Allow discussion.)

The Lord is pleased when His children obey His instructions. He takes great pleasure in His followers who willingly make themselves available to do whatever it is that He asks them to do.

Hearing God's Word

The Bible is the story of the supreme God who has a plan and is intent on carrying it out. He has a plan for the world, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). He has a plan for all believers, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).

Ask: If God has a plan for the world and each of us, how should that affect the way we live? (Allow responses.)

Isaiah's Example

Isaiah was a young man when he began his prophetic ministry. It was a difficult time for the nation of Israel. As a country they had enjoyed good times, but then fell into deep sin. The year King Uzziah died, Isaiah had a vision that transformed his life.

(Read for the students Isaiah 6:1-8. Then say the memory verse together.)

Isaiah's vision was of the Lord in heaven. In the midst of evil, God revealed Himself. Isaiah was brought into God's presence. It is important to remember that when evil abounds, we need to run into the presence of the Lord. It is in His presence that we cry, "Holy, holy, holy." It is in His presence we repent of our sins and ask for His cleansing.

The Lord spoke to Isaiah after he was cleansed from sin. As a young person, it is very important for you to confess your sins to Jesus and receive His forgiveness. Isaiah had a vision. You too can have an encounter with God as you run to Jesus and submit to His rule and reign in your life.

A Willing Heart

Isaiah heard the Lord say to him, "Whom shall I send? Whom shall I send as a messenger to my people? Who will go?"

The Lord had a plan to bring the country of Israel back to a sincere faith in Him. He also had a plan to use Isaiah to accomplish that task. However, He needed to know Isaiah was willing to accept this responsibility.

The Lord needs you. He has a plan to use you as His messenger to share the good news of the gospel. But, He waits to see if you are willing, ready to volunteer and make yourself available to fulfil His plan for your life. The Lord waits to hear you say, "Here am I."

Respond to God's Voice

Isaiah saw the Lord and was transformed. Isaiah heard the Lord's call to be a messenger to a sinful society. Isaiah responded to God's call with an enthusiastic "Send me! Lord, I will go!"

Isaiah knew that delivering the Lord's message to unbelievers would be difficult. He also knew the Lord was holy and had forgiven him of all his sins. Thus, he was willing to go as God's representative to the unbelieving public.

Isaiah was bold and courageous. Ready to go wherever he was needed, to say whatever the Lord wanted him to say and to live his life as the Lord wanted him to live.

God Accepted Isaiah's Offer

The Lord was pleased with Isaiah's offer. So, the Lord commissioned him, saying, "Yes, go! Go and tell this people the good news. I accept you as my prophetic messenger." Isaiah then moved out to achieve God's purposes. He served as a prophet for 39 years. He was known for his prophetic announcement of salvation through the sacrifice of the Messiah. In many ways, he is to the Old Testament what the apostle Paul is to the New Testament.

A Choice to Make

Isaiah chose to give himself to the task of being God's messenger. Jesus made a similar choice in the Garden of Gethsemane. His heavenly Father had sent Him to pay the price for our sins. It was not easy for Jesus to agree to take our sins upon Himself. However, He willingly accepted the responsibility to be the sacrifice needed to turn away God's wrath. He courageously said, "Here am I, Father. Your will be done." (Read for the class Matthew 26:39.)

Accepting God's Word

You are young. You have your life ahead of you. God has a plan for you. You have a choice to make. "Yes" to the Lord's call to be His messenger and fulfil His plan for your life OR "No" I will keep control of my own life.

We have considered Isaiah's example and Jesus' example. There are two other Scriptures to guide you in making your choice.

  • Acts 13:22, "I (God) have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do."
  • Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...."

Ask: We all have a choice. What will yours be? (Allow the students to respond.)

Closing prayer: "Not what I want, but Jesus, what you want."

Preparing to Go

Once we have offered ourselves to the Lord for His work, we will be expecting Him to guide us, to call us, to show us where He plans to use us in the harvest field of the world. We know He wants us to speak to our family, friends and community. We also know He wants us to be His representative to those living near us who speak a different language and are from a different tribe.

Reaching those around you is a good place to begin. To be effective, you will want to give time for the study of God's Word, develop a devotional life and become involved in your local church. Taking advantage of opportunities to learn and developing professional skills will open the door for you to touch the lives of many on a daily basis.

Full-time Ministry

Others of you may recognize that God's plan for your life is to serve as a full-time evangelist, pastor or missionary. This will require formal training at a Bible school. Bible schools offer a one-year certificate program and a three-year diploma program. Entry into these training programs usually requires a basic elementary education. Bible schools offering a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree will require the successful completion of secondary school.

Good Advice

Speak to your pastor and share how God is dealing with you at this time. Your pastor's prayers and advice are very important. Ask about what steps need to be taken in order for you to attend Bible school. Inquire about the possibility of being involved in your church. Offer to serve wherever you can be helpful.

Patiently Pursue

Once you understand what requirements need to be met, determine that by God's grace you will meet those requirements. It may take some time to reach your goal, but with patience and confidence in what you hope for, God will fulfil His plan for your life. Let God's word in Isaiah 66:8 be a guide and an encouragement to you, "Can a country be born in a day or a nation brought forth in a moment?"

Keep moving forward in your pursuit of God's plan for your life. Keep your eyes on the goal of fulfilling God's tailor-made plan for you. May you become His hand extended to a hurting world.

Reaching North America

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Messengers to Unreached Tribes of North America                                                                   

1. American believers recognize their responsibility to witness,
2. Believers understand that Jesus is preparing the hearts of the unreached,
3. American believers join Jesus in praying for unbelievers.

Prayer Promise

"I (Jesus) pray also for those who will believe in me through their (disciples) message" (John 17:20).

MORE INFORMATION: www.joshuaproject.net

Remember: SEND ME

Memory verse: Isaiah 6:8
"Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!' "

1. God uses messengers to deliver the good news of salvation.
2. I surrender my life: my ambitions, talents, education, finances—my all to Jesus.
3. Speak, Lord, and I will answer with a heartfelt "Yes! Let me be Your messenger—whenever, wherever and however. I am Yours to command!"

Pray for Messengers to Unreached Tribes of North America.

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