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Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Could Jeremiah have said "No", to his call? He tried, but God's will prevailed. Could you have said, "No"? Since you did not it is reassuring that your call and mine were known to God before He ever informed us. This fact alone should be a constant source of encouragement as well as a reminder of the awesome responsibility of this high and holy [call].

III. A Pleaful Response (vs. 6)

Jeremiah's response to God's call on his life was a plea much like that of Moses', "I cannot talk". It is not the silver tongue orator, but the one whose tongue has been touched by the coals from off the altar that God blesses the most.

God uses the most unlikely people to shake the foundations of the nations. On April 28, 1854, a nineteen-year-old young man accepted the call as pastor of New Park Street Baptist Church in London. Upon his acceptance the Baptist Manual of 1854 simply listed that a "J. Spurgeon" had filled the vacancy of pastor at New Park Street. Charles Spurgeon's letter of acceptance to this church which could trace its history back to 1652 asked that the members, "Remember my youth and inexperience, and pray that these may not hinder my usefulness. I trust also that the remembrance of these will lead you to forgive mistakes I may make, or unguarded words I may utter." (C.H. Spurgeon — The Early Years, pg. 259, Banner of Truth).

Sounds like Jeremiah doesn't it? Never underestimate what God can do with and through a young man who, after pleading with Him, yields in total surrender to the [call].

IV. Provision for the Call (vss. 7-8)

What comforting and challenging words for a young preacher to hear, "For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD."

Remember that as children of the Most High we are commanded to share the truths of the scriptures. We are not called to be politically correct, but spiritually correct. We speak in the name of the King of kings and under His authority that we might face down the enemies of the cross. When we stand before the One who called us and provided all our needs may we be found faithful in proclaiming the words He has placed in our mouths.

V. Power for the Call (vss. 9-10)

Never underestimate the power of the touch; especially when it is God who does the touching. As God touched the mouth of Jeremiah to bestow His blessings and release His anointing He does the same for everyone who responds to the [call] today. God not only put wisdom and knowledge in the head of Jeremiah, and boldness and courage in his heart, He put His words in his mouth.

He will do the same for any of His children who have been called, touched and sent out. What a difference it makes when you serve Christ, knowing that you have the same anointing, the same commission and the same power available to you as did young Jeremiah. We do not serve a defeated King, but one who is able to, "root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant."

So, the next time you sense God's leadership to act on His behalf, remember the prophet Jeremiah. When God calls you to do something, He will provide everything you need to answer His call.

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Sermon brief provided by Jerry Drace, Evangelist, Jerry Drace Evangelistic Association, Humboldt, TN

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