According to the ancient fable, told in many different versions, a group of mice (or rats) had been troubled by sneak attacks from a cat. The mice held a meeting and decided that there was a simple way for them to receive early warning of the cat's approach. All they had to do was to put a bell around the cat's neck. They were all pleased with their decision till one farsighted mouse spoke up and said that the idea was fine, but who would bell the cat?
In other words, to bell the cat was too risky a deed. So, the idea was postponed. Much like this old fable, God is continuing to look to His people to warn mankind of the consequences of sin ( Acts 1:8) and/or the penalty or cost of not turning to God. ( Romans 6:23) And, as in the commission of Isaiah, ( Isaiah 6:8) God still needs dedicated Christian, to reach out with this Gospel message.
I. THE CONFESSION
Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of host." (Isaiah 6:5)
A. We must first recognize our sin before the Lord
B. We must confess our sins before the Lord
II. THE CONFORMATION
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongues. And he touched my mouth with it and said, " Behold this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sins is forgiven." (Isaiah 6:6-7)
By faith, we must accept God's forgiveness.
III. THE CALL
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ""Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' (Isaiah 6:8)
A. We are the only ones, on this earth now, who God can used to spread the Gospel.
B. If we fail, in spreading the Gospel, there is none other.
IV. THE COMMITMENT
Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)
A. Once committed, we must go in the name of the Lord.
B. Once committed, we must never give up.
Here we see the Commission of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:12-13).
And, though the people would not pay attention, Isaiah was to continue to prophesy until the Babylonian deportation.
Like Isaiah, the Lord commands us, as the body of Christ, not to give up. We are to continue our witness, until called home to Glory, or until the Lord returns in His Glory.
Simply, use the Romans Road to Witness.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinnerís Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved.
You see, the scripture doesn't promise us we will see results from our witness, only that we should go, in His name. ( Proverbs 11:30) ( Isaiah 55:11) ( Romans 1:16) ( John 12:32) ( Romans 10:14)