Jackie was awarded an MBE in 1988 and today she says; ‘I feel Blessed to have lived my life to do God’s work’. She also said; ‘churches tend to look after nice people but I do my work with the nasty ones like addicts and prostitutes who feel despised and excluded’. Jackie recognised that these people won’t go near churches, so she made it her job to go out and find them. The sad reality is that Jackie and Gladys were not seen as suitable for mission work, however, God had other plans for their lives. Amen.
In Jeremiah 1:5 God explains His calling to Jeremiah ‘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’. God foresaw Jeremiah ministering to nations. Discernment (to recognise or find out) is so important because it is not us who decide our calling, we need to discern it! If you haven’t discerned your calling yet, then get into God’s presence and stay there until He reveals it to you. Jeremiah’s response to God in Jeremiah 1:6 was to doubt his calling; ‘Alas, Sovereign LORD, I said, I do not know how to speak; I am too young’. Are we all guilty of this sometimes? Saying ‘I cannot’, or ‘I’m too young’, ‘too poor’, ‘too old’, ‘not had the right training’, ‘the wrong nationality’ etc. God’s response was to change what was coming out of Jeremiah’s mouth; Jeremiah 1:7 ‘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’.
If we keep contradicting what God says to us we are effectively ‘pulling the plug’ on everything He wants to do for us. Listen again to God’s words in Jeremiah 1:8-9 ‘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’.
When God guides He provides! Don’t listen to the wrong voices! Start listening to the voice of God! Receive it by faith; step out and obey it, for the promise to us all is ‘I am with you’.
Author: Eileen Greaves
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