Jer 1:4-10 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: (5) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." (6) Then said I: "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth." (7) But the LORD said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. (8) Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD. (9) 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. (10) See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant."
Do you believe that each of us was put here on earth for a purpose? I do. I think that it is very important for each of us to fulfill this purpose and complete our mission. The question to ask yourself is what are you passionate about? The answer to that question could well be your purpose, your mission in life. Fulfilling it will bring you happiness and joy… In a way, it will help complete you as a person, and it will also fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
I bring this up because I want to share my passion with you. Actually, every time I write a blog post I share it, but I want to take this opportunity to state specifically how I see it and why I write this blog. I guess you may call me a Christian mystic. By that I mean that I believe that I commune and communicate with God via his Holy Spirit. Most evangelicals are mystics in one way, shape or form. As I think about my ordination service, I recall the speaker that day, Dr. Lacy, coming from the above quoted passage. No doubt this is a common passage to be used for ordinations. But, I take it more personal than that. I believe that the Holy Spirit inspired Dr. Lacy to bring the ordination sermon from this passage and that it was a personal message to me. Yes, I realize the historical context. It was written about the prophet Jeremiah. It explained his purpose. I just think that the Holy Spirit wanted me to think about having a similar purpose and mission.
Let’s look at it for a minute in bulleted list form
- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you
- Before you were born I set you apart
- I ordained you to be a prophet to the nations
- Don’t be afraid of their faces
- I am your deliverer and with you at all times
- I have put my words in your mouth and on your finger tips
You are here to
- Root up and pull down
- Destroy and throw down
- Build and plant
With the Lord’s help and grace I will continue to write without fear. I will share openly what the Lord has given me. I will rethink and reexamine orthodoxy, dogma and tradition. I will try to, lovingly if possible, to root up, pull down, destroy, and throw down false doctrines, those that go against what Jesus and his followers promoted; even when it is unpopular; even at the risk of alienation. And by the same token, I will try to build and plant the pure gospel of the kingdom of Christ.
There, I have plainly stated my mission and life’s purpose as I see it. Thanks for taking the time to read it and I welcome any interaction.