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