Today's devotion from Jeremiah 1. Jeremiah's call has been held up for encouragement by many who have felt overwhelmed a the task God has given them. When I first began wrestling with the concept of ministry, I was only 18. Now I'm a couple of decades further down the road, but I still find inspiration in Jeremiah 1. I often feel under-qualified to serve God's church as a pastor, especially when there are so many seasoned saints in the church who I feel could teach me so much.
Jeremiah understands the weight of the calling God has placed on him. He tries to excuse himself by calling attention to those things that might disqualify him. He is ill-equipped to speak. He is young. He is frightened. All of these could seem like valid reasons to refuse God. However, God reminds him of a key fact before any excuse is produced: God made him.
"I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5, CSB)
God had sovereignly worked in Jeremiah's life to create and establish him and his ministry exactly as He desired. In fact, as is often the case, Jeremiah's main excuse appears to be one of the most powerful ways in which God will use Him. (We'll see this in chapter 2) What we see in this event is that Jeremiah is completely dependent upon God to accomplish that which God has called him to undertake.
Now, you are not Jeremiah. You may not "feel" called to ministry. But you are commissioned to service. As a believer, you were given a task by Christ to spread the gospel, to be a witness, and to make a positive impact for His glory. Your ministry may not take place in a pulpit, but that doesn't lessen its importance. One of the great transitions that came from the Reformation was the idea that all things can be done for the glory of God, including your daily work.
Today, as you set about doing the normal everyday tasks of your life, be open to the idea that you can be used by God in spite of your best excuses.