PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
August 29, 2018
I recently read these genuine notes of parents for school excuses . . . “Please excuse Diane from being absent yesterday. She was in bed with gramps.”
“Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father’s fault.”
“Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He has very loose vowels.”
“Please excuse Sara for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.”
Excuses . . . we all have them and use them. So, what’s your excuse?
We read in the first chapter of Jeremiah that he had his excuses too. There are basically three ideas expressed in Jeremiah 1:5, which reveal for us not only Jeremiah’s relationship to God; but ours also.
First, “Before I formed you in the womb I KNEW you.” Two things are implied here: knowing in the sense of choosing and knowing in the sense of watching over and caring for. Even before he was born, God was watching over and protecting Jeremiah. And, God is watching over and protecting you!
Second, “before you were born I CONSECRATED YOU” – set you apart, sanctified or separated you for a holy use. Jeremiah, and each one of us, was created for a specific reason – for a special assignment. Jeremiah was created to be a prophet. We are also created for a purpose. So, what is your purpose?
Third, “I APPOINTED you a prophet to the nations.” This is why Jeremiah was born. This was his destiny. And we each have one too. No Christian exists merely to make an honest living, raise a family, enjoy retirement and die. Every one of us is called to a ministry; we have a special assignment.
But then we read Jeremiah’s response (his excuse!) to God’s call in v. 6: “Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.’”
Jeremiah feels a sense of incompetency (“I do not know how to speak”) and he says that this incompetency is because he is too young for the job God is calling him to do (“for I am only a youth”). This was Jeremiah’s excuse!
I realize that God is not calling most people to the kind of prophetic ministry Jeremiah was to have. However, I think the principle here applies to any kind of caring service or outreach or ministry the Lord is putting in your heart to do . . . at your workplace, in your neighborhood, in your social contacts, among your friends, or IN THE CHURCH! But we come up with our list of excuses – I don’t know enough; I don’t have the time; I do not have the experience or maturity; I’ve done that before, so it’s someone else’s turn . . . It is my prayer that God will remove our excuses and lead us to serve Him faithfully, whatever our calling, wherever we go!