Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. ~Jeremiah 1:4-5
Jeremiah was sanctified (set apart) to perform a special task for God before he was even born! This is likewise true for ALL Christians: we too are called and ordained (i.e., sanctified), set apart, by God to minister in His Kingdom:
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; ~ 1 Peter 2:9
Indeed, each and every believer has been chosen by God to do SPECIFIC work in His Kingdom, here on earth:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ ~ Ephesians 4:11-12
Therefore, we must ask ourselves the question: “How do I know what God wants me to do in His Kingdom?” The answer to this question is found in the first part of our text (vs. 4a): “Then the word of the LORD came unto me…” Though Christians sometime wonder and even struggle to know what their “calling” is, God has given us a simple way to discover His purpose for our lives, and that is simply to listen to Him.
In all aspects of life, if we want to do something properly we have to learn how its done. Some learn by “taking the class” (i.e., by instruction); others by “trial and error” (by experimentation); and others by “reading the manual”. In His Kingdom, God has made all three approaches available to each Believer so that we can each learn how to listen to Him.
Specifically, new believers (babes; Hebrews 5:13, 1 Peter 2:2) should/must receive guidance and instruction from more mature Believers to know how to live and work in the Kingdom of God. Especially, new believers MUST be taught how to learn to listen to God themselves through their own personal relationship with Him. Without this, they will remain babes forever (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Then, as a believer matures he/she is instructed to “work out your own salvation” (Philippians 2:12), which means taking steps of faith in their effort to discover where God wants them to go and what God wants them to do. This phase of growth is crucial as a believer gradually learns how to identify God’s voice: to feel the tug of His hand as He gently guides him/her onto the paths He has chosen.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:13-14
The meaning of the Scripture is the same for everyone, because the interpretation of the Scripture is not personal (2 Peter 1:20), but comes through working of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). However, the Holy Spirit opens our eyes/hearts to perceive how God wants each individual to apply the Scripture to his/her life in order to accomplish God’s will by our work in His Kingdom.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13
Yes, God has a special plan for each of us AND He has told us how to find it.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. ~ Jeremiah 33:3
So, now that we have established that God has a plan for each and every Believer AND that each and every Believer can and should discover that plan. The remaining question is, “Do I really want to KNOW God’s plan for my life… so that I can LIVE God’s plan for my life?” God’s blueprint for your life is there but you will only find it if you are willing to seek it out. And, you will only seek it out if you really want to serve Him.
We have no excuse: there is work for us to do now.
- There is a person that needs to hear the gospel: “Will you tell him?”
- There is a Sunday School that needs a teacher: “Will you teach?”
- There is a choir that needs a singer: “Will you sing?”
- There is a brother/sister who is discouraged: “Will you encourage him/her?”
- There is a people who haven’t heard the word: “Will you go on the mission field?”
- There is a child that needs a home: “Will you share yours?”
- “There is a family that needs some food: “Will you share your food?”
Or will you tell God (again!) to wait… until you are ready?
Jesus saith unto them, ‘My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.‘ ~ John 4:34-36
COROLLARY: ALL Lives have Value
If God knows and chooses every one of us for a task in His kingdom before we were even born (“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee”), then abortion is not just murder, it is also clearly a part of satan’s efforts to frustrate the work of God here on earth.
Likewise, as much as we treasure the lives of the unborn, we MUST also treasure the lives of the born for they are chosen too. Every man, woman and child has a place in God’s Kingdom. It is each person’s choice to accept or reject God’s plans for him/herself. Therefore, it should be the concern of ALL Believers to increase/extend the opportunities for our fellow man to come to God, and not to cut short any person’s time to make that choice.
Let us support life for those in the womb and those out of the womb so that they can have every opportunity to fulfill their God-chosen and God-ordained purpose in life.