Jeremiah 1:10 "See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
There are 2 parts of a Christian life. The first part is that where we come to faith and learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The second part of the Christian life, is that which God calls us to do, after we have learned the faith. Of necessity we spend much of our time talking about the 1st part, for it is necessary that all know the way of salvation, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. God desires that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
And so it is that we often speak of sin, that we may show all the way of repentance. We speak of the law, so that all may see their sins, and seeing their sins might feel sorrow over what they have done, and desire to change their wicked ways, and long for a way to make peace with God. Then we speak the Gospel and show them the way of salvation, and tell them the good news that is ours, that Jesus died for our sins, that we might be forgiven, and have life everlasting.
We speak this often, for we wouldn’t want anyone to miss this, the greatest of all treasures, that salvation that is ours in Jesus Christ. We speak it often to remind and encourage one another in the way of faith. And as vital as all this is, it is not the end. We know that Jesus has given us all a great commission, and we need to remind each other and encourage one another in this as well. What is the great commission? It is simply, Make Disciples; by going and teaching and baptizing. Make Disciples, is the command. Going, Teaching, and Baptizing are the way that this making of disciples is to be done. In other words, our calling as Christians, is not simply to believe and be saved, but added to this is the command to lead others to Christ, and not just that, but lead others to Christ and teach them until they can teach others the way to Christ.
As I said there are 2 parts of a Christian life, first we learn the way of salvation, then we live the way of salvation. And often we feel overwhelmed at the thought of being a light to the world, how can we do that? And we begin to think that it is up to others to do this for us. Someone more mature, someone with a stronger faith. And its no wonder we feel overwhelmed, for on the one hand we see that we are not perfect, and on the other we see the enormity of the work that needs to be done. How can we do all these things? Well, lets listen again to the text:
Jer 1:4-10Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth." But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD." Then the LORD put forth his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
You see, the power that gives us the victory over every sin that ensnares us, is the same power that helps us overcome every temptation, for there is no temptation greater than we can bear, and with every temptation God provides a means of escape, that we may be able to endure. And this same power that we have seen in our lives that gives us the victory over sin and temptation is the same power, that God has given us, a power over nations and kingdoms, to bring them all to the knowledge of God and salvation in Jesus Christ. Once we have come to faith, this occupies the rest of our lives.
The chief thing I wanted to remind you about, is our calling to make disciples, and the power of God, which not only puts the words in our mouths, but gives us the authority to do great things, in Jesus name. Jesus is coming again, so we work to His glory, that when he comes, all may be ready.