CHOSEN BEFORE BIRTH

September 12, 2017

 

Jeremiah 1:1-10

 

We are going to be spending time in the book of Jeremiah for the month to come and Jeremiah was a young prophet with a big task. He served the LORD during a time in Israel where their sin has finally caught up with them and despite the many exhortations to turn back to the LORD, he only received opposition and accusations of being a heretic.

 

The eventual destruction of Jerusalem was a validation but sad reality to the fact that Jeremiah was indeed a prophet from the LORD and he has been called to a ministry that will be very difficult to carry out.

 

Jeremiah is going to inherit a ministry that is not going to succeed in the eyes of man but we still see that the LORD uses him mightily. The measure of success in ministry is not numbers or a well oiled program but is in the fact if people say yes to the LORD in the process of looking, thinking, and acting like the LORD. Religion will always look pretty but will never have genuine transformation because it will always look good when people are watching but when we are alone or living out the day-to-day, we realize that we don’t act nor look like God.

 

A relationship with God is hard as it looks at the messy portions of our lives that we try to cover up to look like we are doing ok but the reality of God’s exposing light is that it exposes us in our weaknesses but also covers us in His grace to a place of restored goodness. We realize that a relationship with God will show us that we are not ok but that we won’t stay that way.

 

Jeremiah is not the perfect vessel but God chooses him for this monumental task and here are some things we can learn from today’s devotional in regards to being chosen by God.

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

  • God knew him and the LORD chose him. A divine choice requires a human response and that response is up to us. God chose what His people would look like in that they would reflect Him in the way they live their lives so that a Christian is a person that is on the on-going journey of looking like God more today than yesterday. God chose the characteristics and it will be up to us to either be part of it or not. God sets us apart and has chosen but it is up to us whether we want to accept it.

 

Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.”

 

  • This is a valid response that Jeremiah makes! But the calling of God leaves no room for excuses. When we accept the calling of God, two obligations happen

    • God carries out His promises and brings His power into the mix

    • We are called to Trust in Him and display that by obedience

 

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.

  • Where our fears are is where excuses are created but is also the places where His promises cover it. We make the excuses and sometimes (rarely) they are valid but it will always be God’s word over the excuses and it will be whether we trust our circumstances or Him.

    • “Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, ‘Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.’”

      • The LORD through this act tells Jeremiah that God is very much in this as he is and therefore to trust in His presence. You may ask yourself whether what you are doing is from the LORD or not. A helpful way to know is that you know things are for the LORD and get His support when you live for the LORD and live like the LORD for the LORD enacts and carries through things that give Him glory.

 

I believe that this series has been timely placed for us because God is going to raise up people that will not bow down to excuses, insecurities, or inadequacies but bow down to Him and His sovereign will. That it’s not about who is qualified but who is yielded to His Spirit to usher in revival. Today will be the day that we can begin to have our hearts given to him and that we pray that He gives us a heart to know Him.

 

Let our obedience be the framework that hosts His movement of revival.

 

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