Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah 6:5 KJV
Before the vision explained in Isaiah presents first God who is high and lifted up. Then the angels proclaiming the holiness. The shaking then the smoke. Immediately Isaiah is laid bare. His whole being goes into a place of being exposed to the Holiness of God.
This for me is the crux of our interaction with Him. So much is made of encouraging us to perceive our position and privileges in Christ. So much is exhorted about being in faith. But I am convinced that before all of that we need to descend first as Jesus did in death. We need to understand how terrible it is to be falling short when the Holiness of God is proclaimed. We immediately come into a consciousness of how impure we are!
We are impure by nature.
We are impure by motives
Our nature determines our motives. It is not that God delights in our undoing! He shows us that it is through the undoing and letting go that we come into a greater dimension of Him.
So much is made of gifts, ministries, faith, a feel good factor. But the greatest thing of all is that in the place of brokenness and undoing we are ministered to by angels who will give us the “live coal” to touch exactly where we fall short, where we fail. Not that from there we carry in our way of superficiality but we embrace the very divine motivation of all: union with Him.
That union made possible through Christ carries a distinction. He is God and we are His precious creation. To worship and obey.