Today you should read: Jeremiah 1
Welcome to Jumpstart as we start another book… The book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a major prophet – which simply means his book is long… not that he is greater than the others!
God is sending Jeremiah to speak to the people. God set him apart for this purpose in the womb (v.5). God was going to use Jeremiah to confront His people about their sin
Jeremiah had a big purpose but often like us, he got scared. He did not feel qualified. But God reminded him… “I am WITH you!” (v.8). This is a GREAT PROMISE of God. God is with us too. He has promised this to us all over Scripture. God is with us as we follow Him in obedience. This was not a “man’s job” this was a “God job”. God does not call the equipped. God equips the called.
But God in verse 10 reminded him of just how great his purpose is. These words are not just going to tear down but they are going to BUILD UP! This is what the truth of God does in our lives. It does not just tear us down. It builds us up through PRUNING (John 15).
However, Jeremiah still knew there would be pushback. People often push back on leaders, even if it’s for their best. People simultaneously want to be led and don’t want to be led. But God reminded him again… I am with you (v.19).
As we go out into the world and proclaim the good news of Jesus in word and action… there will be push back. But God has given us a high calling. Not just to tear down lies… but to build up with truth. And we can hold on to this. He is with us.
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College
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