Called by God’s grace, and sustained by God’s grace

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.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ 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. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:4-10).

Where does a true call to the work of ministry come from? Does it come from within ourselves: this is what I want to do with my life? or Does it come to us from the Lord: this is what the Lord wants me to do? We read about Jeremiah’s call to the prophetic ministry, and our questions are answered, but they lead us to ask another question, “Why me, Lord?” What can we say about our call to the work of ministry? We can only say this: by grace, we have been called to be the Lord’s servants, and by grace, we have been sustained in this life of serving the Lord.

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