Envisioning What Is To Come
Jeremiah 1:6-8 (NIV)
6 ”Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
The verses above speak of the time when the Lord called forth a young Jeremiah to do His works and carry out His exploits. I think it is so beautiful that in a mere few verses of dialogue between Jeremiah and the Lord, it encapsulates the faithful and graceful nature of our God, that though Jeremiah doubted, God immediately stopped him there and then and replied that he did not have to fear, because God would equip him with the necessary abilities to carry out His works. God proceeded to anoint Jeremiah’s lips and gave him visions in the verses that follow. Reading this chapter really makes me relate this to my own experience and I realize that I have had my fair share of doubting when it came to things that God told me to do.
With the theme our church this year being UNITED, I feel that it is of utmost importance that to achieve the evangelizing and discipling portion, we really have to cast our fears and doubts aside, just as Jeremiah did. If today God has asked you to do something and you have been putting it on hold, telling Him that you do not know how to do it for whatever reason, it is high time to get to doing it because God has clearly stated in His Word that you need not fear, for He has given you the capabilities and best of all, He will always be with you and will rescue you should you get stuck. Honestly, it comes as a struggle for me at times too. None of us are perfect, our flesh likes to take the easy way out, but what I tell myself is to really just take a step back and look at the big picture before making a decision. At the end of the day, when your life here is almost at its end, do you see yourself leaving behind a legacy for generations to follow? Do you see yourself getting your priorities right, is wealth more important than God’s calling, or vice versa? These are just some questions you could choose to ask yourself when you think the excuses are coming up.
All that aside, I feel that besides chucking the doubts, to be united as a body of Christ also has to have each and every individual, though united by a similar vision which comes from God, the leaders and Pastors, owning this vision of unity where we are able to picture for ourselves the definition of unity in the things we are involved in and more importantly, to convert that into action so that the unity we envision will become a reality. It is only when that vision becomes personal and close to one’s heart that one will be stirred in his or her spirit to actually do something to get out of the status quo. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to be that trailblazer today. It is time to stop being comfortable and satisfied with where we are at presently, because God’s kingdom and His works deserve so much more. Envision what you would define as unity in the body of Christ, be it meeting others for a cup of coffee every now and then or to improve your skills as musicians by jamming together more. Whatever the case, see it and do it on your part and I am positive you will see the fruits in time to come.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that even though I have my flaws and my weaknesses, I know that You can use me all the same for the magnification of Your glory. I pray that You give me visions of unity within the body of Christ so that I may be stirred in my heart to work towards that goal. May I grow to trust You more and at the same time be reminded that when You call me to do something that may seem to be way too big for myself to handle, You have already given me the abilities to execute it and that You will be with me in everything that I go through. Make me the trailblazer of Your love and cause others to be inspired by my actions so that all of us can rise to be Your hands and feet. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.