Your Ministry is Not Accidental

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Watering the Tulips

08/24/2011

“Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:4-5

These words spoken to Jeremiah must have been extremely comforting to him. God informs Jeremiah that nothing about his ministry is accidental. Our Heavenly Father had a plan for Jeremiah before he had ever taken his first breath. In fact, the Lord tells Jeremiah that He formed him in the womb with the purpose of one day raising him up as a prophet. The word “sanctified” means “set apart”. So, God actually set Jeremiah apart for this work before he was formed in his mother’s womb. Surely, he must have received much encouragement in his ministry from these words.

Paul used very similar language to Jeremiah when he said, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…”. Paul’s ministry was no more of an accident than Jeremiah’s ministry was. Though Paul was “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” (Acts 9:1), God had a purpose for him. God had separated (sanctified) him from his mother’s womb just as He had done in the case of Jeremiah.

You may recall, Paul was immediately sent to Ananias following his conversion on the road to Damascus. Ananias was quite concerned that this man whom he knew had persecuted the Lord’s people so much was now coming to him for guidance (Acts 9:13-14). The Lord calmed his fears by telling him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). Paul had been chosen by God specifically for this purpose. Though he was once a persecutor of Christians, God had ordained to stop him on the road to Damascus, bring him to faith in Christ and send him on his way preaching the Gospel. Nothing about this was chance. Surely, Paul must have found as much comfort in these things as he endured many trials for the cause of Christ.

Child of God, you may often wonder if you have a place in the family of God, in the kingdom of God and in His New Testament church. I assure you, the Lord doesn’t call His children without a purpose. Your salvation wasn’t accidental and your ministry isn’t either. As surely as God sets on His throne, He brought you to faith in Christ in a miraculous manner. Just as well, He has a purpose for you – a way to serve Him – that is just as personal as the ministry of Jeremiah and Paul. Surely, God isn’t speaking audibly as He was in their day. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t find out our purpose. The Holy Spirit of God leads believers (Romans 8:14). Follow His leadership and find your purpose. Surely, we, as believers, will stand at the judgment seat of Christ for our service to our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:10).

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