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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Prophet to the Nations, #4
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (I Peter 2:9)
Being a saint, a member of God's elect, is a full-time calling. There are several billion people in the world. Of this number a mere handful are called to be saints (holy ones). To be a saint is a very demanding calling. Our jobs, our interests, our plans and ambitions are all secondary to our purpose for being on the earth. Our calling is to reveal in ourselves the Glory of God.
Our calling is to glorify God and serve Him in the earth. It is to be a prophet: not in the sense of the office of a prophet in the Body of Christ but in the sense of being God's representative on earth, of being the light of the world.
Christ and the members of His Body always are the Prophet of God among men. The Christian Church is the Lampstand of God because Christ dwells in the Church. There is no other light of the world, no other prophet of God among mankind.
. . . before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
Each of God's elect is set apart before being born in order to show the holiness and Glory of God. Each of us belongs to God in a peculiar way. We are in the world but not of the world. Christ has chosen us out of the world so He may be glorified in us.
We all are prophets "to the nations" because we are "the light of the world." There are the nations of the earth and then there are God's holy ones.
Through the saints God speaks to the nations of the earth and informs them of His Person, His will, and His eternal purpose. God's eternal purpose is to center the whole universe upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
The nations that assist the Lord's saints, His witnesses, His brothers, and are kind to them, will inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of God. The nations that do not assist the Lord's saints will be sent away into everlasting fiery torment (Matthew 25:32-46).
None of us chose Christ. He chose us and ordained us that we may bring forth the fruit of Christ in our lives. When men see the fruit, the Divine Nature of Christ implanted in us, the inner righteousness, the new creation, they will glorify our Father who is in Heaven.
Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. (Jeremiah 1:6)
Jeremiah was not seeking to be a prophet. He was surprised by the coming of the Word of the Lord to him. Jeremiah felt he was not mature enough for such a responsibility.
The works of the Kingdom of God are not bound or accomplished by the wisdom and strength of religious human beings. God moves suddenly, surprisingly, using whom and what He will.
Often we who are seeking the Lord are astonished at the manner in which God has chosen to work. God's prophets learn to do what God says, when He says it, without waiting until they understand how He will accomplish His will.
There usually is some good reason why we think we "cannot speak." The weakness, the uncertainty, the perplexity, the impossibility is present in our life for a purpose. The purpose is that the Glory of God rather than our religious zeal and self-seeking may be revealed.
To be continued.