Tomorrow I will be preaching on Jeremiah 1, looking specifically at the patterns in Jeremiah’s call. Here I have attempted to crystallize one of the ‘big ideas’ of the text:
If comfort is your god, you will never do what the LORD calls you to do when it threatens your comfort.
If happiness is your god, you will never do what the LORD calls you do do when it threatens your happiness.
If the approval of others is your god, you will never do what the LORD calls you to do when His approval is all you can expect to receive.
God will not only ask you to do things which promote your comfort, happiness, and approval of others. He will ask you to do hard things that threaten them.
Those who follow the pattern of Jeremiah follow the LORD simply because the LORD is their God, and they are not free to disown Him.