Then I [Jeremiah] said, “Ah Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say,’I am a youth,’ …for I am with you to deliver you”
Our opinion of ourselves often comes in conflict with the things God calls us to do.
Jeremiah experienced this early as a young man. When God revealed great plans for Jeremiah’s life to him, Jeremiah responded with an honest assessment of himself: “I am too young to do that which you called me to do.”
We all have our responses to the things God calls us to do…
I am too poor
I am too uninfluential
I am too dumb
I am not talented enough
The obstacles are too big
But the truth is that God’s opinion of ourselves supersedes our own opinion of ourselves. In other words, when God calls, he’s probably correct.
It is for great things that God always prepares for his people. And great things always takes the stretching of our imagination of who we are and who we can become. I challenge that if we allow God to spell out for us who we are, instead of focusing on the mirror so much, we shall seize greatness as he so desires.