A Special Work
25th MARCH 2023
The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: “Before I ·made [formed] you in your mother’s womb, I ·chose [knew] you. Before you ·were born [came out of the womb], I ·set you apart for a special work [consecrated you]. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” [Jeremiah 1:4–5 EXB]
God is an exceptional artist, and His attention to detail is unparalleled. You will certainly appreciate this if you have paid even the slightest bit of attention to the intricacies of the human body. The phrase “Before I made” in the verse above is akin to a potter shaping and refining clay into artefacts. Just like a potter, God polishes and cleanses His finished creation before making it available for use.
God never assigns a purpose to anyone without ensuring they are ready for it. He always prepares us for what lies ahead. Although we may feel inadequate for the task at hand, it does not necessarily mean we are unprepared. Our emotions should not be a substitute for the Word of God. The potter always knows the full potential of the vessel.
As a vessel of the potter, it is interesting to note that we were cleaned before we were formed. This is truly remarkable! In our opening verse, “to consecrate” means to clean ceremonially or morally and to be or keep holy. How did God make us clean and holy for His use even before we were born? The answer lies in the appointment He has placed on our lives.
It is important to have the desire to know God’s purpose for your life. It is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. As you remain in the Word of God, in prayer, and in obedience to the shepherds He has appointed for you, such as the Holy Spirit and your leaders, your purpose will become clearer. When you walk in accordance with God’s purpose for your life, you will experience the depth of how clean, holy, and set apart He has made you.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for consecrating us before we were formed. Please help us to understand Your purpose for our lives and guide us to abide in Your word and walk in obedience. Amen.
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:20 / 1 Peter 2:9
Bible In One Year: 2 Samuel [2–5]