February 6, 2022
So much in our world is corrupt by sin. And we also are contaminated by sin. But our sense of unworthiness, far from excluding us, prepares us for our mission.
- The root of the Hebrew word ‘holiness’ means consecrated, set apart, separated. It inspires a reverent fear of the Lord, of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Its goodness is overwhelmingly powerful and transcends everything.
- Through God’s manifestations, Isaiah, Peter and Paul felt their unworthiness of God’s holiness.
- Isaiah felt he was a man of unclean lips. Due to Peter’s unworthiness, he fell down at Jesus’s knees and Paul felt unworthy to be called an apostle.
- Two unhealthy senses of unworthiness: to hide our sense of sin and not recognize it, or to focus excessively on our sins.
- The important thing is the experience of our unworthiness does not disqualify us, but it is actually necessary to prepare us for our missions. It opens us up to the grace and mercy of God to act in us.
- Holy Communion is God’s grace and God’s mercy to be given to us, even though we are unworthy, to transform us and prepare us for our mission.
When Isaiah, Peter and Paul each experienced God and His holiness in their own unique ways, they all reacted the same way, by realizing and sensing their own unworthiness. But that opened them up to the grace and mercy of God, which acted in them, so they could respond to His call, to their individual mission that God had for each of them.
When each of us feel a call from the Lord, and we feel unworthy, it is important to experience our unworthiness and realize that doesn’t disqualify us, but it prepares us and mobilizes us so we can say “Here I am Lord, send me.”