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Sun am 7th December 2014 – Kobus Swart
(2 Cor. 3:6); Jer. 1: 1-8; (Eph. 2:10); (1 Cor. 3:9)
Old Testament history is interesting, but it is more than history, more than stories. It is full of parables, types and shadows. Go a little deeper and you will find a message that applies to you. The letter kills but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). God is saying this to us personally, not just to Jeremiah: “… Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth, ’Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak. “Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord (Jer. 1:1-8). In this case Jeremiah was indeed called as a prophet to the nations. Through the eyes of the New Testament, however, you can fill in there whatever God has called you to be in your world or nation. You can be a prophet, apostle, evangelist, pastor, teacher, business man, musician, artist, engineer etc. God called you to fulfil a specific role in your world or surrounding culture. All of us will have an excuse and a response like that of Jeremiah when God speaks to us that directly. Do not conform to dull habits of your surrounding culture; do not submit to the mind-sets around you. There is bad news everywhere. There are more opportunities for people with God given initiative to make a difference in this world than ever before.
Your and my life should actually reflect an encounter with that which God has beforehand prepared for us to walk in (Eph. 2:10). God has a master plan for each one of us with our name on it. What we need is an encounter with that master plan. Unless you connect with the master plan of God in your life you will not taste complete fulfilment; you will always experience frustration and your full potential will never develop. It is not too late to stop what you are doing, reassess your life and ask if you are in God’s plan or not. God has a way of arresting us through circumstances. Start this conversation with God. Ask your questions like Jeremiah did and God will answer you. Light will begin to break through; you will know why you are here and why certain things are happening.
Don’t follow some selfish “dream”! Enter into a conversation, listen but do not wait passively. In your conversations with God there comes a point where the choice is given to you to participate in that unfolding plan. Do not stand in the way. Do not put the brakes on. Listen to God. There is such thing as waiting on God but that does not mean waiting passively. Paul talks about us being co-workers with God (1 Cor. 3:9).
In the weeks ahead ask the Lord, “Am I in my master plan or am I not fully connecting?” Jeremiah functioned effectively because he connected immediately, even though he had excuses. Each one of us here has a calling. There are a lot of grace gifts in which the Almighty God will equip you. But then He wants you to work with Him.
Participate in the greatest gift He has given to this world: His Son. God called us to be givers. God gave us His best, why can we not give Him our best, especially when we are connected to that master plan of God?
I pray that something has been triggered in your mind about your calling, your specific plan, about what God has prepared for each one of you before the foundation of the world. Embrace a new day. Embrace God and His plan for you afresh. Lift up your head and look over those little obstacles, because beyond that is your next breakthrough. Embrace it with thanksgiving in your heart.