|Posted on January 15, 2020 at 12:15 AM|
And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken! Jeremiah 1:8
I was always worried about what people thought of me. I lived to please the people of this world born into rejection from the start. I did what people of this world expected of me to do in order to be liked, accepted and loved? But I learned in order to live the way my brother, Jesus lived that you can’t please both the world and God. When you live to please God the benefits overflow into the world but when you please the world the only one to benefit is the world. It doesn’t flow both ways.
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. James 4:4
My ancestor Jeremiah taught me that the truth hurts. It wasn’t popular for him to go against the norm and say what God told him to say but God gave him the courage to speak anyway. The world had taught him that because he was young who was he to speak up and be listened to. I too thought those who were older, wiser, more educated than I was should be the ones to teach but age just makes for an older fool, if it comes from the wisdom of this world it is foolish, and even the educated may be smart in one area even a donkey is good at plowing when trained well, but not to what matters the most, that wisdom comes from God and if you don’t know Him you are labeled a fool from the start.
Jeremiah was a messenger of God who convicted the people of their wrongs and guess what the people of the world’s solution was, same as it was with Christ. Jeremiah 11:19 I was led like a lamb to the slaughter. I had no idea there planning to kill me! “Let’s destroy this man and all his words,” they said. “Let’s cut him down, so his name will be forgotten forever.” That didn’t work for Jesus and it didn’t work for Jeremiah. Perhaps there was some truth to what he was saying, words worth paying attention to. Regardless of how his words made me feel, truth doesn’t care whether it is pleasing to you or not, it isn’t there to please you. It was through him I began to ask myself if the Word of God was so meaningless why go to all the trouble of wanting to destroy it. If I were the enemy I would do everything I could to make sure His Word was something few people actually knew.
Even in Act 4:17 when people of this world tried to keep Peter, the one Jesus called the rock on which he would build his church on in Matthew 16:18, from speaking the mere name of Jesus he responded in Acts 4:19-20 “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
When God commissioned me to share His Word much like my ancestors before me I gave him a list of reasons why I could not, should not. I even cried why would you reveal to me, you know who your servant really is? Why would you share your heart with me? What am I supposed to do with all this? I am no one. I am nothing. Who would listen to a sinner like me? I tried and tried to talk myself out of what God was asking me to do till finally surrendering because His Word was truth.
But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in His name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! Jeremiah 20:9
I once heard Joyce Meyer say “The Book can be summed it simply- do what is good live a blessed life, do what is wrong and live under the curse of consequences.” It doesn’t matter who you are religion, race or creed. Good will always be good. Wrong will always be wrong. We all reap the consequences of how we live. Even those who don’t know God personally know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Romans 2:14-15
I was tired of always living under the curse of consequence and one day I thought there must be something to what this Book says. I tried for 30 plus years living the way the people of this world taught me and it seemed I was always under a curse. So I looked to the Word to raise me I chose to forget everything I was taught except for what was good and the opposite happened I started to live a blessed life. Unfortunately that blessing doesn’t mean the people around me are blessed. I am a daily witness when I look around and see the people I love the most live under the curse of their consequences and I am helpless to stop them or save them I can only point and lead them but at the end of the day they make their own choices.
When I knew there was a better way to living this thing called my life I couldn’t keep it in. It was like finding a treasure and instead of keeping it for myself I wanted everyone to know of it. I wanted them to know that there was treasure to be found in this desolate place. That even in the barrenness this world would have you believe you live in, there is great abundance. I felt like I had been given a gift so great that no one else in this world knew. My purpose was plain, I had been sent to this world to make known the unknown like so many other brothers and sisters that have been sent before me.
In the scale of the 7.7 billion people in this world, when you consider those who know and those who don’t know the numbers are still few as my brother said in Matthew 9:37-38 and Luke 10:2 “The harvest is great but the workers are few. So pray to the LORD who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.” My ancestor, Jeremiah was such a worker. It is because of him I knew through his Chapter 31 there was so much more from this life God wanted for His children and I wanted nothing more than to take what had been given to me in the name of His Son and share it with everyone whether anyone listened or not.