“’Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.’ But I said, ‘Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!’ God told me, ‘Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’ I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there. I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it. Don’t be afraid of a soul. I’ll be right there, looking after you.’ God’s Decree. God reached out, touched my mouth, and said, ‘Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered! See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do among nations and governments—a red-letter day! Your job is to pull up and tear down, take apart and demolish, and then start over, building and planting’.” Jeremiah 1:5-10 (MSG)
If you have apprehension about public speaking, then you might find yourself turning down opportunities. But, have you ever had a mentor come alongside you and encourage you to step beyond your comfort zone? They see the value in the message that you would share as something greater than the trepidation you have with public speaking. There is value when someone can look into your life and see something inside of you that you can’t even see within yourself.
When God came to Jeremiah, he had a specific message and unique plan for his life. As God began to communicate this to Jeremiah, Jeremiah saw his limitations, his age, and his inexperience as viable reasons to be disqualified to fulfill God’s call. Over the course of Jeremiah’s life, he would deliver an unpopular message about the destruction facing the Israelites by enemy nations. When God called him, he probably took some of these factors into account, given the current state of the people of Israel. Amazingly, even when Jeremiah disqualified himself, God did not. God did not agree with Jeremiah’s objections, because he saw in Jeremiah something that Jeremiah did not yet see in himself. And God is still in the business of calling those who feel unqualified for the tasks laid before them. Have you ever felt unqualified to be obedient to God? Have you ever wondered how God could use someone like you? If so, then you are with good company. When we fully surrender our lives to God, he can take our lives and our story and use it to accomplish great things for his kingdom. The things that we would sweep under the rug as insignificant in our lives, God takes those things and weaves them into our call. Most of the time God’s call is not in an audible voice, but He works through our passions, desires, circumstances, and times spent in prayer to direct our lives. In case you still are wondering, God has a plan for your life that is beyond what you could imagine. So the next time you feel unqualified, remember that God sees something in you even if you don’t see it in yourself.
Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.