CALLED FOR MORE
by Dave Reiss
The Bible is filled with stories of God calling people out of their everyday existence and into something profound. He called Abraham to leave his family and become a great nation. He called Moses to go to Egypt and lead his people to freedom. He called David to leave his flock and to become the King of Israel. He called Peter to leave his nets and become a fisher of men and women. He called the Rich Young Ruler to sell all his things and become a disciple. God called these people to be and do something more than they ever understood or imagined.
Another story like this is when God called the prophet Jeremiah. He was just an insecure teenager, sounds familiar, right? Yet God knew there was something more to this guy, and God was going to use him to share God’s message to the people of Israel. Let’s look at the conversation between God and Jeremiah.
The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”
The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 1:4-8 NLT)
God called the teenager Jeremiah to speak for him, which made him quite nervous. But God also promised to be with him. God would give him the words to say and protect him. Jeremiah did not need to be afraid; the God of the universe had spoken.
Just like God called Jeremiah, God has also called you. God will go with you. God will take care of you. God will give you the words to say. You are called by God to do great works for Him, just like Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah, and Peter. It may cost more than you are willing to spend, but it is worth it.