In The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul reminds us of God’s pattern for sending missionaries. The prophet Isaiah was “shattered” in the presence of God. When Isaiah encountered the holiness of God he cried out:
“Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!.” Isaiah 6:5
Yet, when God asks, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah responds, “Here am I, send me (Isaiah 6:6-9).”
Two important things must be noted in Isaiah’s reply. The first is that he was not Humpty-Dumpty. In the nursery rhyme the fall of Mr. Dumpty is tragic because no one in the entire kingdom had the power to put him together again. Yet he was no more fragile than Isaiah. Isaiah was shattered into as many pieces as a fallen egg. But God put him together again. God was able to take a shattered man and send him into the ministry. he took a sinful man and made him a prophet. He took a man with a dirty mouth and made him into God’s spokesman.
Earlier in the same section, Sproul writes:
There is a pattern here, a pattern repeated in history. God appears, people quake in terror, God forgives and heals, God sends. From brokenness to mission is the human pattern.