These are some notes regarding our high purpose in God through the perspective of Jeremiah the prophet’s calling.
Jeremiah was appointed or deputized to represent God’s will and speak for Him to Israel, His people and nation.
Make no mistake about it, each one of us is called to serve a Holy and all powerful, righteous God.
There are untold rewards when this service is appreciated and humbly observed.
Likewise, there are consequences and judgment when chastisement fails to heed the calling of God from a broken and contrite spirit.
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.
~ Jeremiah 1:10
Like Jeremiah, we are given the responsibility to root out all sin in our lives, to pull down Satan’s strongholds, and make our lives obedient to Christ.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ;
~ 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
In the battle for our mind and heart, we are instructed to destroy the works of the Devil and to throw down anything that grieves the Spirit of God.
He that committeth sin is of the devil;
for the devil sinneth from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested,
that he might destroy the works of the devil.
~ 1 John 3:8
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us
~ Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, putting aside all filthiness
and all that remains of wickedness,
in humility receive the word implanted,
which is able to save your souls.
~ James 1:21
When we are obedient to God in these four areas, He enables our obedience to search, destroy, and become victorious over sin. Thus, begins His miraculous work of making us holy as He is holy.
Within this concurrent work of God through our consecration and sanctification, our heart and mind continuously attunes to God’s good pleasure and casts aside dross.
Where destruction and ruin from sin once dwelt, seeds of righteousness are sewn.
for the equipping of the saints for the work of service,
to the building up of the body of Christ;
until we all attain to the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
to a mature man, to the measure of the stature
which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
~ Ephesians 4:13
as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written,
Be ye holy; for I am holy.
~ 1 Peter 1;15
The following commentary on Jeremiah 1:10 highlights why it is so important to have a clear understanding and deep appreciation of the character of God’s calling on your life.
The two great blessings of election and mediation are here distinctly taught. God did not speak to the nations directly, but mediatorially He created a minister who should be His mouthpiece.
Observation itself teaches us that men are called and chosen of God to do special work in all departments of life.
The difficult lesson for some of us to learn is that we are called to obscurity, and yet this is as clearly a Divine appointment as is the choice of an Isaiah or a Jeremiah.
If you look at life, you will see that the most of men are called to quietness, to honest industry, and to what is mistakenly called common place existence.
What of it?
Shall the plain murmur because it is not a mountain?
Shall the green fields complain that Mont Blanc is higher than they?
If they have not his majesty, neither have they his barrenness.
To see our calling, to accept it, to honour it, that is the truly godly and noble life!
Every man is born to realise some purpose.
Find that purpose out, and fulfil it if you would lovingly serve God.
We find no difficulty in persuading a man that he is a Jeremiah or a Daniel, at any rate that, under certain circumstances, he might easily have turned out a Hannibal or a Wellington.
The difficulty, on the contrary, is to persuade a man that the lowliest lot, as well as the highest, is the appointment of God;
that door keeping is a promotion in the Divine gift;
and that to light a lamp may be as surely a call of God as to found an empire or to rule a world.
J. Parker, D. D.
God has place an immeasurably high value on you because you are created in His image.
Whoever sheds human blood,
by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God has God made mankind.
~ Genesis 9:6
This command was given to us after the flood. Yet, God persisted in showing us his grace, favor, and redemptive love:
God showed his great love for us
by sending Christ to die for us
while we were still sinners.
~ Romans 5:8
If we disregard the value God places on our existence, we disregard the giver of life.
He has shown us many times in His the holy word the judgment that befalls His people when they disregard Him.
When we offer ourselves completely, He sanctifies us by creating a new-life giving spirit in us, purifying and holy.
Let us strive to be ready, lest we fail to be fit for his His service here on earth or to stand blameless before Him in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated
and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death,
to present you holy and unblameable
and unreproveable in his sight:
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled,
and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,
which ye have heard,
and which was preached to every creature
which is under heaven;
~ Colossians 1:21-23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly;
and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete,
without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23
God has written His instructions to follow and waiting for you.
The seven characteristics that God began to work in Jeremiah at his calling are the same characteristics that should be in us according to his purpose, sanctified in Christ Jesus, and the rich glory that is his inheritance among the saints.
These will be addressed in the next post entitled, “Jeremiah’s Life and our Calling.”
May you strive to be His saint, righteous and holy . . .