13 Jun Here I am, Send Me
I’m proud to be a part of a church and spiritual community at Mid-Cities that places a high value on discipleship. Sure, we’ll have small groups, equip classes, well-produced Sunday services, and big events like camps, lock-ins, and family movie nights, among many other things, but all of these things are run through the filter of discipleship.We’re all about reaching, growing, and sending, and there’s not a program, event, or meeting on the schedule that doesn’t intentionally do one of these thttp://www.midcitiesworship.org/?p=16259&preview=truehings!
One of the most powerful disciple making tools we have for our kids is camp. It’s amazing what happens when we take the time to get away from the busyness of every day life and especially the modern day distractions of video games, TV, and cell phones. When we can focus for a whole week, God’s voice becomes much clearer!
The theme of this summer’s “Extreme Kids Camp” is “Send Me.” Based out of Isaiah 6:8, we want to impart to our kids the message of the gospel and the heart to go and share it and show it everywhere we go. When our children’s pastor approached me about writing a song for camp based on the theme, I couldn’t shake this thought:
In my experience as a parent, sometimes I’ve made the mistake to project expectations for my kids’ relationship with Jesus based on my own experiences. They’ll encounter God like I did, at a similar time and place, and in a similar way. Other times, we may just have a perspective that the things of God are too mature for a child to begin with.
Maybe, instead, we should trust that our all-knowing, all-powerful God can choose to call whoever He wants, however He wants, whenever He wants! And, as a parent, I want my kids to follow God as early and as closely as they can!
As I began to write, I kept thinking about the way God spoke to several Old Testament prophets. The story of God calling Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 is powerful, as a young boy begins to hear God call his name and learns to reply, “Speak, your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10 NLT).
I recalled one of my favorite stories in 1 Kings 19, when even though Elijah is hiding with a bounty on his head, he has the wisdom to listen intently for God’s voice of encouragement. Not to mention, he’s so in tune to God’s voice that Elijah’s not distracted by the other things that could easily have been mistaken for the voice of the Lord.
Then, of course, Isaiah’s vision in the 6th chapter of the book that bears his name carries a powerful weight. In the moment that God speaks to any of us, young or old, man or woman, rich or poor, what is our response? When God says, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us? (Isaiah 6:8 NLT),” will we shy away and look around to see who raises their hand? Or, will we stand up boldly and make our voice loud, crying out, “Here I am! Send me!
Now, while I wrote this in the context of kids singing at camp, how many of us as mature believers need this reminder? We may have a tendency to leave the sending and going to the job titles of “pastor” or “missionary,” but God calls all of us to go into all the world to make disciples and teach them to follow Jesus. Who will go to your workplace, your school, your gym, or your neighbors?
The goal of this song is to keep that cry and the mission of God in front of us! Who will go? I will go! Send me!
Click here to listen to the song and watch some cool highlights from Extreme Kids Camp!
“I wake up listening
For You to speak to me
For when You’ve called my name
I’ll never be the same
You’re always whispering
About amazing things
You will use me to do
If I would follow You
Send me, I’ll Go
I will sing ‘cause You want me to
I will dance ‘cause You want me to
I will shout ‘cause You want me to
What You do, I’ll do too!”