- The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
- “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
In this brief passage we see a few key components of God’s calling on our lives.
- God is the initiator and He comes to us.
- From the womb God is knowing, forming and preparing for our calling.
- We are all “prophets” in the sense of proclaiming the Kingdom of God.
Jeremiah is just like the rest of us in that He was called into a particular context at a particular time. Jeremiah’s calling was different than ours in that He was a “Prophet” that was given the original Words of God. This means that he wrote the pages of Scripture through the Spirit’s inspiration. We do not write Scripture like that but we proclaim those original Words of God in our time and in our lives.
From the beginning to the end of our days God is calling us. First off, He is doing this so that we know Him and then He continues to call us so that we know the life that He wants us to live. Jeremiah had a glorious calling but he also had a very difficult calling. If you know Jeremiah’s story you know that God needed to meet Him in a uniquely special way for a uniquely difficult calling. But be prepared because difficulties will come to most of us in God’s call on our lives.
In the past hour I was blessed to gather with the McQuoid family as Shirley approaches her eternal home. It is hard to see her like this but it is also a time of rejoicing in God’s promises. As we spent time together we read Scripture, prayed and celebrated God’s call on Shirley’s life. We were able to celebrate a life that was lived well by God’s grace and power.*
What a blessing for Shirley’s family to remember all the ways that God’s call on her life was played out. She was called like the rest of us to live in God’s big Kingdom but she was also called to specifically commit herself to Bill and the kids that made up the McQuoid family. They have great stories! Then she has the kids that came through her kids – she blessed them. Then there was the way she touched Oak Hill with Bill – we were blessed.
This is the way God’s calling most often works itself out today. It is in the ordinary life moments that we come to realize life itself in God’s Kingdom is extraordinary.
You have been called. Enjoy it and live!
*this was written on Wednesday (3/30/16) and since that time Shirley has gone home to be with the Lord