If you’re life looks like this today, don’t give up!
Consider this: what if God called you to a ministry that would require you to present a very difficult message to people who did not want to hear what you had to say? What if, in fact, some would want you dead as a result of hearing what you had to say? What if you were to do this for forty years- and without a single convert?! And perhaps worst of all, you were to do it all alone. This was the life and ministry of Jeremiah.
No wonder he wrestled with discouragement, depression, and even despair. I look at his life and think, “I have nothing to complain about.” I’m inspired by his courage, his honesty, and his persistence. I’m also reminded that one’s legacy is not determined by worldly “success”, but is only measured by obedience to God.
Jeremiah’s legacy was simple: mission accomplished. He was faithful and unwavering to God’s call that came upon him in chapter one, all the way to the end. He did not seek the approval of others, he didn’t pretend to be someone he was not. He preached God’s Word, regardless of what the people said or how they responded.
What will be your legacy?
Legacy is not something you finally think about when you’re near the end of your life. It’s not something you hope will fall into place. Your legacy is something that takes place today and you must be intentional about it. Let me encourage you today to remain faithful, remain moldable, remain true to your calling and pray. Many start out strong, but very few finish strong. Will you? Don’t give up today!
Listen to the word that came to Jeremiah (while he and the people were in exile):
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Jeremiah 29:11-14