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Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
– Jeremiah 1:4-5 (ESV)
You are called to bring the Good News.
“But how can I evangelize? I do not know how to speak. I am not a natural born speaker.”
You can be a leader.
“How can I be a leader? I am timid, and not as knowledgeable as others.”
You are a world changer.
“But Lord, how can I change the world? I am only a youth. I cannot make an impact.”
These were my excuses that I also heard to some of my brothers and sisters in Christ whenever they are encouraged by their leaders to share the gospel or to make disciples. If you have the same mindset, you are not alone! I also felt that way. In fact, before Jeremiah was regarded as one of the major prophets in the Old Testament, he went through the same fears, insecurities, and limitations that we feel today.
God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, but he objected. He said that he was too young (Jeremiah 1:6). He may be right when he remonstrated. At the time of his calling, he is just around 12-16 years old. So we can actually say that he is not yet a man that God called him to be — to stand in front of stubborn and rebellious people, whether young or old and fearlessly deliver God’s message. In his age, it is so hard to imagine that he can be a prophet in many nations — a world changer. But what interestingly caught my attention is despite his insecurities, fears, and doubts, God called him anyway. Jeremiah’s protests and excuses did not change God’s plan for his life.
You are called even before you realized you are called.
Do you believe you were born to be a world changer? Let me tell you, long before the foundations of the earth, the Lord planned your life. He called you, not because you are smart, nor educated enough. Jeremiah has nothing to prove. He is a young fainthearted man. But just like him, the Lord appointed you.
Before you were born, He chose who will be your family and the campus where you are currently enrolled at. God also intentionally put you in your city. Why? Because you are meant to make a difference. You are placed in this world to change it, for His own glory and purpose. You may choose your career or hobbies, but at the end of the day, you can’t choose your purpose.
You are called not because of who you are but because of who God is.
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”
– Isaiah 41:9 (NIV)
These are the words of your Creator. God chose you not because of who you are, but because of how great He is.
When the Lord called you in His Kingdom, there is a reason. He intentionally sent His Son, Jesus Christ — rejected and despised by many, here on earth to die on the cross for the forgiveness of all your sins. And now that you belong to God’s Kingdom, He does not want you to sit back until the end and just wait for the coming of the Lord. God has a mission to save the whole humanity from the terrible consequence of our sins, and He had chosen you to be part of that assignment.
You can fulfill your calling because Jesus is in you.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
Jesus came here with all authority and commissioned you to go and make disciples — to boldly proclaim Him wherever you go. You can make an impact to your family, campus, and community by this: fearlessly preach the gospel and live as an example of Christ in speech, life, love, faith, and purity (1 Timothy 4:12). If you faithfully do small steps of obedience, you can change the big world! But above all, apart from Jesus and from the power of the Holy Spirit, you can do nothing. When we abide in Him, fruitfulness will follow.
Do not be afraid! Step out of your comfort zone. Be the person who God called you to be. Jesus is not limited to your weaknesses. He will strengthen your faint heart and make firm your shaking knees. Put away all your fears and boldly proclaim the resurrected Christ. Do it all for the glory of God. Jeremiah is a great prophet, but he experienced rejections, insecurities, and discouragement. Despite many setbacks, he delivered God’s message until the end.
Persevere in publicly declaring the truth — Truth that will set everyone free. And whether you think you are least likely to become a world changer, whether you give God a long list of excuses why He pointed the wrong person, God will choose you anyway. Nothing can ever change His mind from calling you to share the Good News, to stand and be a leader, because you are called to be a world changer!
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
– Jeremiah 1:6-8 (ESV)