Servants of God
“Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’”
Jeremiah 1:6 (NRSV)
How old was Jeremiah? Most probably he was a teenager. Yet God had given him a frightening job to do. He was to go to the reigning king and tell him that he and his kingdom would all be taken into captivity, and that it was too late for him to do anything that could prevent it. A staggering commission for one so young. The king would probably have him tortured and put to death. But God reassured him that He would protect him. An example of this happening is in 11:21-23.
Not everyone whom God called into His service felt they were too young for the job. For some, the objection was a disability that they had. Take Moses for example. God called him to tell Pharoah to let the Israelite slaves go free. The message was bad enough but Moses had a speech defect. “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (Exodus 4:10). But God wasn’t put off. “What of your brother Aaron the Levite? I know that he can speak fluently…He indeed shall speak for you to the people; he shall serve as a mouth for you and you shall serve as God for him” (Exodus 4:14, 16).
And Jonah? He just refused. But that didn’t work. God had a job for Jonah and He made sure that Jonah did it.
God probably had a job for each one of us when He called us into His church. To begin with we may not have liked it or we may not have felt up to it. But God knows best. He wants us to do it and He’ll make sure that nothing holds us back.
Like Jeremiah, Moses and many others, it is a privilege to be called into His service. Let’s look to Him to give us the ability to do what He wants us to do, trust Him to do the rest, and be thankful.
Thank You, God, for the privilege of being called into Your service. May I be Your faithful servant with joy and enthusiasm.
Study by Christopher Reeve
About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK. We were sad to hear of the death of his wife, Hilary, and extend our condolences. May God comfort him with strength and hope.
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