What is "The Call of Jeremiah"? (No, it's not your buddy, Jeremy, calling you up on his cell. Nice try.) The title of the blog refers to the moment that God came to the prophet, Jeremiah, for the very first time. (Jeremiah 1:5) Like us, Jeremiah was young, nervous, and didn't know what to say. I can relate to that- witnessing is a crazy, mind-boggling thing, especially when you're not old enough to be taken seriously by most people. A lot of us just avoid it altogether and slip into the role the World wants us to play in society: selfish, rebellious, irresponsible, promiscuous people who don't care about anything. You want to be normal, to fit in, to be popular. Right?
Wrong. If you are saved from eternal, well-deserved, torture by the Almighty God, shouldn't you be different, not "normal" like you're striving for? When you accept the gift of eternity you simply CAN'T fit in anymore, you're set apart as a child of the King of all Kings. Sorry, but these ideas won't really make you "popular", either.
It's no wonder teenagers like us don't want to share their faith; it's a scary thing! However, it's a necessary scary thing. I ask you to think of this; your Best Friend. I'm not kidding- take a moment and really think.
Are they tall or short? Do you have similar interests? Are you always on the phone with them, or do you prefer to chat in person? Do they text, email, or IM you, just to check on how you're doing? Now think of the other people in this world that you don't know that well: the punk kid who sits next to you in one class, the quiet kid sleeping in the corner of the lunch room, the intimidating jock in gym class. . . they ALL have a personality and a soul and are loved dearly by YOUR God. And most of them probably don't even know it.
Being different from these people and the rest of the world doesn't mean you're meant to sit in Heaven, laughing as the kids who teased you, raped you, constantly bullied you, or ignored you burn in Hell. God didn't send Jesus into the world to condemn the "bad sinners" , but to save EVERYONE. (John 3:17) As the sons and daughters of this all-powerful king, we are obligated to work at this mission forever, until we are out of time. That's the Call.
We aren't all going to be missionaries that travel far away to lands undiscovered and uncivilized. The Call of Jeremiah is to be different, representing the King, showing the world what it means to love unconditionally, no matter what we do with our lives. Together, we can lead a darkened world to the light of salvation, supporting one another all the while. Jesus is Calling.
Are you going to pick up and accept the challenge?