Run with Alacrity
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”Isaiah 6:8
Alacrity is a word that is not commonly used today, but it means having brisk and cheerful readiness.
When we go for a brisk run, that means we are running energetically, with speed, and actively.
Likewise, when we are running cheerfully, we are noticeably happy and jubilant.
There is joy on our faces and pep in our step.
This is what God is looking for in His people.
Are you a person of joy and a person who is ready to go?
Isaiah was, even before he knew what God had for him to do!
Isaiah responded with alacrity when he said to the Lord,
“Here I am! Send me.”Isaiah 6:8
He was ready to do whatever task God set out for him to do.
God’s eyes run to and fro throughout the earth to give strong support to those whose hearts are fully His.
Whatever tasks He places before us to do, He promises to be our Provider.
What an incredible reminder that if God provided Jesus to be our Savior—the ultimate picture of God’s perfect provision and love—how much more will God also provide what we need for the tasks He directs us to do?
He will supply every need of ours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
In order to run with alacrity, we must have clean hands and a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:21 clearly states,
“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”2 Timothy 2:21
Therefore, let us check our hearts, our motivations, our actions, and our reactions today to see any ways that we have allowed sin to grip our hearts and hold us back.
Repent and confess these sins to the Lord and also to one another as needed.
By faith, remember the cross, receive the mercy and grace that has been fully purchased for us in Christ, and run with alacrity, joyfully ready to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
- What does it mean to be ready?
Do you have anything you need to do to get into a spiritual position of alacrity?
- How do you hear from God?
What are some ways we can be in a position to hear God speaking to us?
- How is it possible to have cheerful readiness daily as we follow Jesus?
- Read Romans 8:31-39 and reflect on all that God has done for us and is doing for us today.