I often get discouraged when I think of the many people who have rejected the gospel after I have shared it with them. I wonder what I did to scare them away.
The Lord reminded me of Jeremiah during our family prayer time tonight. We have been reading Jeremiah so his example is fresh in my mind. He was called to be a messenger for God when he was still a young man. He listened to God and faithfully spoke His words to the people, even though it made him unpopular and hated. Only a few people heeded him. Most people today would call Jeremiah a failure–he certainly wouldn’t be hired by the church growth specialists. But God was pleased with Jeremiah because he loved and obeyed Him regardless of the results.
Paul says, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart'” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19. Our message is not supposed to be popular, but most of us are afraid to speak because we don’t want to offend anyone. So many times we dress the message in fancy clothes, to appeal to a person’s flesh. Jeremiah always spoke the words exactly as they were given to him.
Paul also said, “‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends” 2 Corinthians 10:17-18. The Lord honors those who honor Him. Jeremiah was such a man, and I want to be like him.