Scripture Read: Jeremiah 1 - 3:5
Title: The Calling of Jeremiah
(H) Highlight verse: "'Before I formed you in your mothers womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.' I answered, 'Oh, Lord God, I really do not know how to speak well enough for that, for I am too young. ' The LORD said to me, 'Do not say I am too young. But go to whomever I send you, for I will be with you to protect you,' says the LORD." Jeremiah 1:5, 6
(E) Explain: Jeremiah was a man called by God to be a prophet. Jeremiah, like many of us, had excuses as to why he couldn't do what God was calling him to do... He couldn't speak well enough and that he was too young. However, God assured Jeremiah that He would give him the authority to speak in His name and the message he had to proclaim was dismal. God's message was one of judgment on the nation of Judah.
(A) Application: God has a plan for his children. So many of us, when we are called, question our ability to do what god has called us to do. The reality is that we are all unqualified to do God's work, but He gives us the authority and ability to do the task he has called us to. In fact, God has chosen each one of us before we were born. I have met so many followers of Jesus who do not fully understand that God has a calling and a plan for their lives.
There is a saying I heard and I'm not sure who said it, but it goes, "God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called." This is true for you and me today. God has a calling on your life, whether you believe it or not He has given you the authority and ability to fulfill the calling on your life.
(R) Respond: God I am unworthy of the calling you have placed on my life, but I know that through Jesus we are made worthy, not because of my ability but because of your grace and glory.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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