When The Lord Calls

Jeremiah 1:4-8

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “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.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

If you are ignoring God’s call for you and your life I am urging you to stop. First and most importantly, I am begging you to stop ignoring God’s call for you to have a intimate and undefiled relationship with Him.

Do you long to spend time with Him? Are you dying to self and producing the fruit of the Spirit? Do you love the passions and things of the world and hate everything that has to do with God? Are you in the presence of God on Sunday but during the week the only thing on your mind is how to get more money, how to pass the exam you have on Friday, or are you depressed and find yourself not wanting to do anything but stay in bed?

Wherever you are spiritually, I want you to know that for today and tomorrow and the days after; that God’s desire for you to be saved and come to the knowledge of TRUTH will not cease (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Jobs change, friends change, presidents change, trends change but God’s sovereign call for us to be reconciled to Him will not. Please don’t think that this is a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, God gives more than He takes and rest assured that God won’t take away something that He doesn’t have the best replacement for. What is it that you’re scared to lose anyways? If you haven’t noticed already, everything in this world is perishable, here today and gone the next. I promise you that your love life is safer in God’s hands than your own and I promise you that what you’ve been through is safer in God’s hands than in the hands of whatever it is that gives you TEMPORARY relief. Take some time to think about what it is that could be stopping you from pursuing Christ wholeheartedly and trade it for all that you’d ever want and need in Christ alone.

If you believe in God please turn away from the world and turn to Him. Don’t be someone that believes in God and that He exists but refuses to walk in accordance with His word. If your teacher told you that one day you’re going to take an exam and no matter how smart you are and no matter what subject it is as long as you study what they told you to study and as long as you go to them for help then you’d get an A. You’d believe her, and guess what? You’d better study! But what good is it to say you believe your teacher yet don’t study? What good is it to say you believe in God yet don’t follow His commandments and have a relationship with Him?

Secondly, when the Lord calls you to GO with your gifts and talents and use them to bring glory to His name and to bring others to the knowledge of who He is, then you’d better GO!  Jeremiah was only a youth when the call on his life was made known to him but The Lord appointed Jeremiah a prophet to the nations before he was even born! YOU HAVE GIFTS AND TALENTS THAT GOD DESIRES TO USE ON THIS EARTH FOR SOMETHING THAT’S WAY BIGGER THAN YOU! The journey isn’t easy at all but no matter how hard it is, not matter how much it becomes too much, you won’t be able to live without fulfilling the call on your life as long as you are abiding in Christ. You’ll come to realize that it isn’t about you at all and if you think it is then you are in for a rude awakening. If Jesus was persecuted, mocked, ridiculed, poor, and crucified then don’t expect it to completely different for anyone living out God’s call on their life. Jeremiah is sometimes referred to as “the weeping prophet” because of all the difficulties he encountered while fulfilling his call as a prophet. YET he says in Jeremiah 20:9 that “If [he says], I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name (God), there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” Yes, it’s hard living to glorify Christ with your life and you might get to the point of wanting to give up but you’d be doing a great disservice to yourself and others if you do and you’d become so weary with holding it in that just like Jeremiah, you just cannot.

When the Lord calls you, know He is with you, He delivers you, He equips you, He sets you apart, and He will finish the work he started in you!


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