Jeremiah 1-3: Called For A Purpose

There are few passages that more clearly articulate God’s sovereignty in turning sinners into saints than Jeremiah 1:5. It says:

“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, as you know, was a prophet sent to prononce judgement on Judah, Israel, and the surrounding nations. He had a tough life. But that life is something that God had called him to. In fact, God had called Jeremiah out before he was even concieved. He was set apart for this great task before he ever existed. And not only did God call him, God formed him. God made Jeremiah for the specific task of prophesying the coming of God’s judgement. That was his life’s call.

What’s yours? Where has God placed you? Are you a mechanic or a doctor? Are you a stay-at-home mom or a college student? Where ever God has placed you, that is the life to which you have been called. You are not waiting around to do whatever God has “really” called you to. You are living your calling right now. Before your mother knew you existed, before you were even conceived, God called you out for something. There is some unique way in which you have been made in order that you might glorify that Lord wherever you find yourself.

Prophets and kings, pastors and missionaries are not the only people who have been called by God for a purpose. We all have, and we are already living in that call. Let us live it in such a way that God gets the glory for all that we are and do. God made us to do what we are doing now. Are we doing it for His great and awesome name?

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