11/19/2017

Brandon Leitnaker

There is nothing ordinary about your life. If fact, your life is quite extraordinary. You know what makes your life extraordinary? You were made in the image of an extraordinary God, who breathed His very breath in you to give you life. That is the marker of Someone who gladly made you and brought you into this world with purpose. One of the saddest things that I hear sometimes in ministry is that people feel like they are mistakes, that God actually made a mistake when He created them. This just breaks my heart, because for whatever reason, they start to feel devalued. If this describes you, I want you to hear and hold fast to the words found in

Jeremiah 1:4-5. This is where we read about the calling of Jeremiah by God. I will let you read through it first and then I will break it down for you:

Now the word of the Lord came to me (Jeremiah), 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.”

Now, one could read this and easily miss the personal implications because these words are being spoken directly to Jeremiah. There are, however, some truths that can be said not only about Jeremiah but also about us as well. We may not be called to be prophets. It can certainly be said that God knew us before we were even formed, and we were consecrated (made or set apart for a specific purpose) and appointed (chosen) by God to fulfill some purpose He foreknew needed to be accomplished. God created you with His plan in mind. You are not a mistake, but have been selected by God to be a stay-at-home mother or father, a teacher, a computer technician, a beautician, a CEO, a McDonalds crew member, a small business owner, a (you name it).

As a matter of fact, we are given many responsibilities and titles, and in each one we are to do it all for God. Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God  (1 Corinthians 10:31).” You are an extraordinary creation of God with an extraordinary purpose, and just like Jeremiah, God would love to communicate to you what that purpose is. But you must seek Him, listen to Him, follow Him, and let Him determine your value. Don’t let your own heart or the words of those around you determine who you think you are. Let God call you and “set you this day (Jeremiah 1:10)” over whatever He has called you to do.