The call of Jeremiah to be a prophet over Israel is given here. Isaiah is gone. Jeremiah heard the voice of God. He told him he had a plan for his life. There is a real purpose driven life. We are saved because God moved in our lives. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. God had a will for us even before we were saved. It was his will that we not go to hell. It is our responsibility to respond to the call of God. He has a plan for each of us. He convicted and spoke to us which meant he had a purpose for us. Before I got saved I had no plan, no purpose in life. After salvation there is purpose; that is what should drive us. I shouldn’t have to beat anyone in the head to serve God. It should be there. God’s hands push us and if we follow and consecrate ourselves to him, as the book of Romans tells us, it will drive us. Without the purpose of God we’d fall by the wayside.
Jeremiah 1: 4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Can we identify? The Lord was saying this to Jeremiah. It was a special call with a purpose for Jeremiah’s life. When we think about it, does God have a plan for just a few of us? Do we get in the dumb sheep mode? Don’t get in that frame of mind. I’ve seen people play dumb and be sheepish. Some think God doesn’t expect the same of all us of. God has a plan and purpose. You are a person in Christ Jesus and he’s given us a place, a plan, and purpose. That’s reason to go on. God’s plan for Jeremiah was not a bed of roses. Jeremiah had a lot to learn; he was just a child. I’ve seen each of you grow since I’ve been here as pastor. You pray and teach now when you didn’t before. It’s God; that’s what helped you and Jeremiah.
Before conception God knew us. In the womb he knew us. God has a plan and purpose. He knew our name. That’s how important we are to him. The master plan of God involves lots of people but it takes each of us to fulfil our part. The Lord had a slot for Jeremiah in the plan and he has one for us. What would this church be without us—empty! We’re here to fulfil God’s will, plan and purpose. God expects each of us to fill our own shoes—our purpose. Don’t expect others to fulfil your plan. We are to work together to fulfil God’s plan. Help each other. Don’t be a stumbling block; be a stepping stone. We might have to lie down in the mud puddle for someone else. Are we willing to do that? The greatest is the one who is servant to all. Jesus taught us that with the washing of feet.
Jeremiah had a certain purpose. He was ordained and set aside to be Jeremiah and nobody else. Don’t try to be like someone else. Be yourself, what God calls you to be. When we put it together, God gets it done.
God said we’d be able to do it. We’ll always be able to do one thing—the will of God. You’re never alone in the purpose of God. Jesus told us he’s with us to the end of the world. God reached down to Jeremiah and touched him. He put words in his mouth. Our satisfaction will come from doing what God wants. We can see that Jeremiah had a big job to do. The Lord provided for him and he will for us.
Let’s live the truly biblical purpose driven life.