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10/19/16 - You are God's feet and mouth

Published: Wednesday, 19 October 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

“Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.  Jeremiah 1:6-8

 

The verses above come from God’s call on the life of Jeremiah, one of the major Old Testament prophets. What interested me about these verses is that I think they speak to every Believer living today. Jesus told His disciples to go into the entire world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).  This statement was said to ALL Believers! What is also very interesting is Jeremiah’s response to God’s call: “I am only a child.” This sounds just like something that we would say. We do not know what to tell people about the things of God. Our thoughts are: “What if I say the wrong thing?” “What will they think of me?” “I’ll be called a religious fanatic.” “I’ll lose them as my friends”…and on and on with excuses. The problem is that our focus is on us and what others will think of us. We do not consider the ETERNAL aspect of the God of all creation leading us to say something to someone else that impacts his or her eternal life. I hope that by the time you have read this, you have a different view of why your life is so important to God.

 

 

The verses above also say that God will send you to the people that need Him. WOW!! What an awesome realization this was for my life! It finally dawned on me that I did not work where I was employed for me to make money or to have a career. It was God who put me in the various work positions with others to be available for God to use me. There were so many times when someone would come to me to ask a question about the things of God in the workplace.

 

One person that I recall would eat lunch with me once or twice a week to talk about “things.” As it turned out, he was having an affair that was causing serious relationship problems with his wife and children. God gave me the words to speak.  Interestingly, God wanted me to talk only of Him, not the man’s messed up life. Time after time, I spoke of God’s love, forgiveness, and grace. I never judged the man as being right or wrong in what he was doing. He eventually divorced his wife and moved in with this other woman.

 

But, I continued to talk to him about God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Time passed and he took a job in another company and I retired, so we lost contact. However, he called me one day to tell me he had accepted Christ and asked me if I would come to his church for his baptism. He had also started dating his ex-wife and eventually, they remarried. His eternal life is different because someone took the time (and a long time at that) to tell him about God.

 

God has placed you with others so that He can speak through you. It could be a neighbor; people on a tennis court or golf course; people where you work; and many others. All Believers should see their lives as God sees them…to serve an eternal purpose in reflecting God’s love and forgiveness to others. 99.9% of the people you come in contact with want to see someone who has strong convictions about God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit as opposed to what you should or should not be doing. After all, it is the Holy Spirit that leads people to God, not you.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit to “remind” you that the eternity of God is many times more significant than one little conversation where someone may get upset with you because you told them about God. Remember, it is not you that they are rejecting but God who is revealing Himself through what you say about Him.  (From Life-Changing Verses - Volume 2, Chapter 21)

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