In the life of a disciple, I believe that God gives you different verses that you hold tightly to because they mean so much to you during a certain season of your life. It is like a child that holds on to every word that his daddy says. That is technically what you are doing. You are holding tightly to the words of your Daddy.
In my personal study time with God, I have been reading through the book of Jeremiah. I find Jeremiah to be a fascinating guy. One verse keeps coming back to me. I believe it is appropriate for my current season of life and ministry. I am going to be meditating on this verse for some time.
Jeremiah 1:17 says, “But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.”
For Jeremiah, God was literally telling him to gird up his loins. In our frame of reference, that would be like telling someone to roll up their sleeves. Jeremiah had to get work done. God had given him a job to do and Jeremiah was compelled to be obedient. There were going to be haters and mockers. God told Jeremiah not to be discouraged by them. Keep focused on the task at hand, the critics and the ones who would be discouraging – don’t pay attention to them. Why? If Jeremiah focused on the critics and the haters, he would become distracted. He would have shifted his focus meaning that he would have taken his focus off of God and ultimately not doing the job that God had called him to do.
It is easier to become distracted by things of less importance. It is difficult to always keep your focus on one thing. How do you keep your focus on God? It takes determination. It takes perseverance. It takes work. You have to train yourself to keep your focus on God. You are basically re-training your focus. You are taking your focus off of less important things and putting all of your focus on God.
There are always going to be people that don’t like the way we do something. That is okay. They don’t have to like it. We have a job to do. There are people in Middle Georgia that need to hear the gospel and be pointed to Jesus. There are people that need to be shown the love of Jesus through serving and acts of kindness.
We have a job to do.
It is time to get dressed for work and work until the job is done or until God takes us to be with Him. Until then…
Roll up your sleeves.
Focus on God.
Let’s get to work.
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