Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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When God Calls A Draftee
Jeremiah 1:4-10

4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." 6 Then I said, "Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth." 7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, "I am a youth,' Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak . 8 "Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD stretched out 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 appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant."NASU

Introduction: Many if not all men here today received a letter from their draft board. It said, "Greetings" and then proceeded to inform us of an appointment with the Selective Service. Jeremiah received such a communication. God said, "Jeremiah, I want you." In this house of worship today, there may very well be men and women who are hearing the call of God. It will be helpful for us to notice this call of God to Jeremiah.

A pastor search committee has been elected by our church and they will be in the process of seeking God's man for the new pastor. Perhaps you have seen this bit of humor related to a church calling a pastor.

In our search for a suitable pastor the following scratch sheet was developed for your perusal. Of the candidates investigated by the committee, only one was found to have the necessary qualities. The list contains the names of the candidates and comments on each, should you be interested in investigating them further for future pastoral placements.

*Noah: He has 120 years of preaching experience, but no converts.

* Moses: He stutters; and his former congregation says he loses his temper over trivial things.

* Abraham: He took off to Egypt during hard times. We heard that he got into trouble with the authorities and then tried to lie his way out.

* David: He is an unacceptable moral character. He might have been considered for minister of music had he not 'fallen'.

* Solomon: He has a wisdom but fails to practice what he preaches.

* Elijah: He proved to be inconsistent; is known to fold under pressure.

* Hosea: Poor family life. Divorced, and remarried to a prostitute.

* Jeremiah: He is too emotional, alarmist; some say a real 'pain in the neck'.

* Amos: Comes from a farming background. Better off picking figs.

* John: He says he is a Baptist but lacks tact and dresses like a hippie. Would not feel comfortable at a church potluck supper.

* Peter: Has a bad temper, and even denied Christ publicly.

* Paul: We found him to lack tact. He is too harsh, His appearance is contemptible, and he preaches far too long.

* Timothy: He has potential, but too young for the position.

The Pastoral Search Committee.
 
 
 

1.    When God Calls A Draftee Pay Attention to the . . Call. v 4-5



A.    Notice the statement about the . . Word v. 4
            " Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

        1.    Personal . . Word.
                a.    God to Jeremiah.
        2.    Privilege d Word.
                a.    Privilege to hear from God.

B.    Notice the statement about the . . Womb v 5
        "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you;. . . "

        1.    Note the . . Formation of God. v 5 a
                a.    God's Knowledge
        2.    Note the . . Foundation of God. v 5 b

C.    Notice the statement about the . . Will v 5 c
                ". . . I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."

        1.    God initiates the call
        2.    According to His Good Pleasure

Illustration BILLY SUNDAY
An examining committee of ministers once met to determine the qualifications of Billy Sunday for ordination as a Gospel minister. Among other questions fired at the world famous baseball player was a request that he identify a well-known church father and define some of his writings. Billy was stumped.

After fumbling around for a moment, he looked up with a twinkle in his eye and said, "I never heard of him. He was never on my team." The learned theologians deliberated together, but found it hard to make a decision.

Finally, one of them moved that Billy Sunday be recommended for ordination, adding, "He has already won more souls for Christ than the whole shebang of us put together."   The secret---he was sent by God.
 

Application

Have you heard the call of God in your life?

Are you willing for your children to go where ever in the call of God?
 
 
 

2.    When God Calls A Draftee Pay Attention to the . . Command. v 6-8



A.    Command related to . . Smarts. v 6
        "Then I said, "Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth."

        1.    Jeremiah was afraid he could not do it.
                a. Focus on God not Smarts or Age.

B.    Command related to . . Sending v 7 a
        ". . . But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, "I am a youth,' Because everywhere I send you, you
        shall go, . . . "

        1.    Everywhere I send you shall go
        2.    Age doesn't have anything to do with it

C.    Command related to . . Speaking v 7 c
            ". . . And all that I command you, you shall speak .

        1.    Speak as commanded . . .  vs . . .  "but I am but a youth "
 

Illustration
When I first sensed the call of God I said I could never preach 2 - 3 times a week. I could never preach like the pastor of our church he is an outstanding speaker.

A few years ago Dr. Mack Douglas was an interim pastor and wanted to put my name in for a revival meeting and possibly the next pastor. I sent him a tape and he bragged a lot about my preaching. It said to me your early excuses focused on Jim and not God.

D.    Command related to . . Security v 8
        "Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD.

        1.    Command "do not be afraid"
        2.    Promise "FOR I AM WITH YOU"

Illustration
Recently I read of a little boy who went to bed afraid. He called for his mother and when she sat down on his bed he asked her to sleep with him all night. She told him she had to sleep with his daddy. "Why" he asked? She replied "because you daddy always wants me to sleep with him." And as she walked out of the room she heard her son say "the big sissy:
 

Application

Jeremiah had reservations about accepting the call of God.

God answered everyone of them.
 
 
 

3.    When God Calls A Draftee Pay Attention to the . . Commission. v 9-10



A.    The . . Action of this Commission v 9
        "Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

        1. God stretched out hand. v 9 a
        2.    God touched His Mouth. v 9 b
        3.    God Filled His Mouth. v 9 c
        4.    God's Man - God's Word
 

B.    The . . Appointment of the Commission v 10
           "See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,. . . "

        1.    Over nations v 10 a
            a.    National Prophet
            b.    Billy Graham
            c.    Over Kingdoms v 10 a
            d.    Prophet in the King's court
                    1) If King wants to know word of the Lord -- Ask Jeremiah

C.    The . . Assignment of the Commission v 10 b
        ". . . To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, . . . "

        1.    The . . Assignment Negatively Stated
                a.    Pluck up-- Get it by the roots
                b.    Break down.
                c.    To destroy
                d.    To overthrow - Pull down a nation - break it's power

Illustration
In a recent growing Churches Magazine article there was something like a top ten list from churches that grow. One of the items in the list stated:

"Growing Churches are not Afraid to lose Members" the other side of that indicated stagnate churches are afraid to do innovative things because they might make some one mad and they would leave the church.

        2.    The . . Assignment Positively stated.
                    ". . . To build and to plant."
                b.    To build
                c.    To plant

Illustration Franklin Graham, Rebel With a Cause, p. 165,6.
Sami Dagher had been a maitre'd at the world famous Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut before Lebanon's terrible civil war. Just before the war broke out he left the hotel to plant a small church in one of the poorest areas of the city. When he approached the hotel manager to inform him that he was resigning, the following dialogue occurred:

"God has called me to preach," Sami told the manager. "I'm leaving the hotel." "Leaving? You're a fool! You're crazy! A man in your position making good money, and you quit?" "I leave for something more important than money. I'm going to preach the name of Jesus Christ."

"You're going to give up this good position to preach for some god? You must be crazy. No! I'll tell you the right thing to do. You stay here and make money, Sami. I need you."

"No, I can't stay any longer. I've prayed and this is what I must do."

Then the hotel manager grew angry and shouted, "I curse you! One day, Sami Dagher, you will come to the threshold of my door, and you will beg for a crust of bread, and I won't give it to you. I will let you starve! Do you hear my words? Not a crust!"

Quite sometime later, during some of the heaviest fighting since World War II, Sami heard a knock at his door. It was late at night, so Sami told his wife and children to stay in bed. He answered the door himself. When he opened the door, the hotel manager stood before him.

"I couldn't sleep," the man said. "I wanted to see how you are doing and talk." Sami made coffee and they discussed the old days they enjoyed at the Phoenicia. Sami sensed the man had come for another reason, but the man wouldn't say. Finally Sami said, "My friend, it is late. Why have you come to me?"

"Oh, nothing, Sami. I just wanted to talk of old times."

The man walked to the door and opened it. As he stood in the doorway with his head hung low, he turned to Sami and said, "I have no food. I have not eaten for two days. Do you have anything you could spare?"

Yes Standing for the call of God has it's benefits.

Jeremiah was drafted into service.

Does God want to draft You?