By Ken Ellis, Chaplain, LSU & Southern University Football
Jeremiah’s call to become a prophet to the nations came early in his life and it scared him terribly. He failed to see that God’s call and His empowerment always match. When God calls you to do something, He always provides the empowerment to fulfill that calling.
1. God has a message for you. (v.4)
• An assignment, a mandate, a dream.
A. “Green Bay HOF Dream.”
• Jeremiah learned three important truths about God’s knowledge of all things.
A. His knowledge of all things, including individuals.
B. His ability to choose individuals for specific tasks even before they come into existence.
C. His willingness to extend his authority to the people he calls.
2. He knows you and appointed you. (v.5)
• God knew you as he knew Jeremiah long before you were born or even conceived.
• In spite of you he has given you influence.
• He has a purpose for each Christian but some people are appointed by God for specific kinds of work.
• God knows you like nobody else knows you including you.
• Ps. 139:13-18
A. God’s character goes into the creation of every person.
B. We should have as much respect for ourselves as he does.
3. Stop making excuses. (vv.6-8)
• Jeremiah was probably a teenager who felt very inadequate.
• God urged him to look beyond himself to the importance of the task he was called to fulfill.
A. He was told by God that he would be with him and rescue him.
• God is looking for someone who is willing to go and be a faithful deliverer of his message.
4. You’ve been given the authority. (vv.9-10)
• God gave Jeremiah the anointing that he needed for ministry that he was called to.
• God’s word is all the authority you need.
• Lk. 10:17-20
A. Jesus gave away His power to a team of 70 leaders and sent them out.
B. He rejoiced with them as they returned.
C. He helped them get their priorities right reminding them of their most important victory that their names were registered in heaven.
5. What do you see? (vv.11-12)
• Vision is seeing with your spiritual eyes.
• He wanted him to know that he was always watching him.
• God promised Jeremiah that he would carry out his plans because God cannot fail.
6. If God is for you it doesn’t matter who’s against you. (vv.17-19)
• Jeremiah was called to a ministry of opposition.
• He wasn’t the most popular prophet people didn’t flock around him to hear him denounce their wickedness.
• Like Jeremiah God’s promise to us is that nothing will defeat us completely and he will help us through the most agonizing problems.
• We must face each day with the assurance that God will be with us and see us through.
Ps. 127:1 (Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.)
Families establish homes and sentries guard cities, but both these activities are futile unless God is in them. A family without God can never experience the spiritual bond God brings to relationships. A city without God will crumble from evil and corruption on the inside. Don’t make the mistake of leaving God out of your life. If you do, all your accomplishments will be futile. Make God your highest priority, and let him do the building.