Have you ever taken a moment to think about how amazing the Bible is? It was written by many different authors in different countries over many years. And even though it was written thousands of years ago, it is still incredibly relevant to our lives today. It’s easy to think that its words are too old or outdated and that we should seek wisdom or guidance for something else, but that’s simply not true.
The other day, when I was reading through Jeremiah, I saw a verse that I’ve read hundreds of times through an entirely different light.
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“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.”” Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NIV)
Let’s put ourselves in Jeremiah’s shoes for just a moment. You’re just sitting around, minding your own business, trying to make the best out of a bad situation and then the Lord comes to you with this word. I would’ve felt overwhelmed. I would’ve looked around, certain that God meant this word for anyone other than me. I might have tried to do almost anything else, which is kind of how Jeremiah responded. He pushed back and started giving the Lord the list of reasons why he made the declaration to the wrong person.
The Lord lovingly reassured Jeremiah that he did, indeed, declare this word to the correct person—he chose Jeremiah intentionally.
There have been countless sermons, Instagram quotes, and books written centering around this idea that we are set apart by God. He intimately knows each and every one of us and has not made a mistake by choosing us. He didn’t mean to pick our neighbor or our sibling or our friend who we think is _________er than us (fill in the blank). He specifically chose us.
But it’s that last line of those verses that I want to focus on: God set Jeremiah apart as a prophet to the nations. And he’s done the same for us as well.
During Jeremiah’s life, he was unable to go to every nation, but we are able to do so today. Seriously! Take this blog, for example, it’s not a very well-known blog and people from many nations around the world read it every day. I am a prophet to the nations and, if you have any type of presence on the internet, so are you!
We can bring the good news of Jesus to every corner of the earth. People can be filled with hope and life based on the words, images, and videos that we share. Our voices are amplified in a way that was just a pipe dream for previous generations. I hope and pray that we use the gift of technology well, using it to display the love of God to a lost and hurting world.
We are prophets to the nations—what an incredible privilege!
Do you consider yourself a “prophet to the nations”? Why or why not?
How can you use social media to glorify God and help others today?