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Reflection Jeremiah 1: 1, 4-10 Psalm 70 Matthew 13: 1-9 July 20
1 ¶ The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.
4 ¶ 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 set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.
8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
In Luke 10 verse 2, Jesus says to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Particularly in small church congregations, we regularly pray for more workers. At the church we attended in Derbyshire, we prayed for more people to come to church. After a while we realised that we needed to pray, but not just for more people, instead we needed to pray specifically for mature Christians to come and join us. It took a long while for the prayers to be answered, but then we began to see them coming. A group from a Professional Christian Rock Band joined us and brought with them their friends and families. They were young, had young children and they were full of energy!
With a congregation of older members, when people are asked, “Would you like to be on a committee, or help with an activity?” the response often is, “I would like to, and I have done that before, for many years, but now I just don’t have the energy that I used to have.”
In the passage from Jeremiah, he is a young man. He protests that he doesn’t have the experience. He feels he is too young for what God is asking and older people will not listen to him. When we are older, we need young people to stir us up. We get stuck in our ways. You can imagine how a Christian Rock Band stirred us up. We didn’t suddenly start singing Rock Music in our Sunday Services, but their enthusiasm was infectious to all of us. And their special young people’s events were tremendous.
When Jeremiah protested, God said to him, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.”
At those times when, you are asked to take on something you don’t think you are capable of, think of Jeremiah. And if you pray and God is saying, yes, this what want you to do, then it doesn’t matter how much you protest, God has a plan for you, and he says do not be afraid. He is with you.
Is God telling you about something now?
COLLECT Trinity 5
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.