Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thought of the Day !!

The Lord gave me a message. He said, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world." 

"O Sovereign Lord," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!" 
                                         Jeremiah 1:4-6 (NLT) 

When I was a kid, we used to ride our bikes all around the neighborhood in Covington, TN where my grandparents lived.  At times we'd ride to other people's houses looking for others to come out and play baseball or football.   As we got a little older though, we found that it was quicker calling people when we wanted to get up a game.  Of course that was before the invention of Call Waiting.  And there were often times that we would get a busy signal. 

Think about God's calling to you in this same way.  He calls each of us.  Sometimes He finds us at home, but at other times He gets a busy signal…or maybe the answering machine.  How frustrating that must be for God!  Can you imagine how He feels when we're too busy for Him?  Or how about when we make up excuses for not accepting? 

Jeremiah claims that he's too young.  Who in their right mind would listen to a boy?  Speaking for God requires a certain maturity that comes in part with age…or at least this is what Jeremiah must have been thinking.  Our excuses may be that we're too young, too old, too busy, not equipped, etc. 

It doesn't matter how young or old we are.  It doesn't matter how well we speak or how eloquent we are.  God's calling isn't governed by whether or not we're capable. What matters is that if God calls us to something, He'll give us what we need to accomplish His task.   

Jeremiah didn't think of himself as being worthy.  But if God only called those who were worthy, who would He ever call? 

Remember, you don't have to be worthy.  You just have to be willing.  Are you ready for God to call you?  Are you waiting and willing to pick up the phone when He does?  Or are you screening your calls from God much like one might do a telemarketer or some other person they don't want to talk to? 

In the love of Christ,



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