Don't You Just Love Your Refrigerator?
Jeremiah 1:4-8 (emphasis mine)
The Lord gave me a message. He said, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world." "O Sovereign Lord," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!" "Don't say that," the Lord replied, "for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!"
I was chosen by God. God is with me. God takes care of me. These are things that we know but do we truly understand them? For a while I didn't. For quite some time I thought these words must be meant for someone else, or for Jeremiah alone. I didn't dare claim them for my life. Why? I didn't feel worthy. Unreal isn't it? Scriptures that give us worth we don't believe we are worthy of. I finally received revelation about this and I pray that you do too. Consider this: If you were a salesperson and you were trying to sell a certain product to someone, could you do it? I guarantee that we homemakers could sell a refrigerator in a heartbeat.
"This is a top of the line model. It is essential to daily life. It preserves, it stores, keeps produce fresh, and it freezes meals for weeks to come. You can get one in any color to match your kitchen decor. They come with ice makers and water filters, adjustable settings for every compartment. You can even get them with TVs and radios built right in. I couldn't function in my kitchen without my refrigerator!"
I'm sure this is how I or many of you would sound giving that sales pitch. We need our refrigerators. We believe in the company that made them. We know all about what it can do and how simple it makes our lives. We take the bad with the good because overall the product is great. We are confident in its abilities because we know what it is capable of and how much pleasure it brings to us. I'm sure some of you even have a fancy fridge in stainless or with a TV. The point is we know and love this product so it is easy to convince someone else to love it too. Our emotion is contagious. And the price? Well, we pay hundreds of dollars for them because we know what they are worth!
Now try to sell a Molex Pin Extractor. Go ahead, give your pitch. Don't Google it... go for it!
Were you able to do it? No? You say you don't know what it is? Can't you still sell it? hmmm....
So, knowing all about something, knowing who made it, knowing what it has done for you, knowing how it benefits you, remembering all the positive things about it, and being passionate about it helps you to share it with someone else? Is it knowing these things that give it worth? Is it these things that bring you confidence about it?
God loves you. God created you. God sees all of the greatness in you. God has chosen you for specific tasks. You must get to know yourself to know that you are worthy. The way to do this is to get to know your creator. Spend time with Him each day. Read His word. Communicate with Him. Let Him show you just how amazing you are. Let Him reveal all that He created you to be. After all, He knew you even before He knit you together in your mother's womb and He still chose you. No one else will ever know you so well or be able to tell you so much about yourself. Isn't that just awesome? I smile just thinking about it!
We must realize that God wants you to know your worth. He is excited about you. I mean, imagine your fridge saying "nah, I'm not good at cooling. So and so is better. I sometimes wilt the lettuce and my light goes out at the worst times. My exterior is worn down. You can't use me"
This sounds crazy doesn't it? God knows what a great product you are. Stop telling Him you are not. Walk in what God has for you. He chose you!