Our lives are like an unabridged novel with character and plot development going on for chapters long before we ever appear in the story, and yet, all of it is necessary to truly understand who we really are. Before Jeremiah knew God, God knew Jeremiah!
That changes everything! It did for Jeremiah. It does for us. God is a giver.
Before we ever get it together, God is at work giving us gifts and talents and abilities we need to be and do that ‘something greater’ God has in store for us—and others. This is God’s WAY. Giving is central to the DNA of the
universe God made and to us as human beings that God has created in HIS likeness. Giving is woven into the fabric of our existence. If we try to live by getting instead of living, we’ll always go against the grain of life. There’s a better WAY to live.
The Call of Jeremiah
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.