“Set Apart”

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

The world we live in now is such a wild place with so many different problems and not a lot of solutions. People are very good at focusing on the negative and the failures of people rather than encouraging one another to keep moving forward. The struggle happens when we allow the negativity and lies to consume us, instead of seeking healthy solutions. Every one of us truly desires to understand our worth and where it comes from. So many of us fall into the trap of believing we have no higher purpose and that we’re created to do something great. These lies make us feel alone with no hope, so we believe the only choice is to give up at times. We allow anything to be our determination of our worth. 
I love this verse because it speaks directly against these lies. The God of the universe chose to form me in my mother’s womb before I even heard His name. Before I was born, little ole Macon Jones, God set me apart. He did not set me apart to shame me or to make me feel worthless, but to give me new life, to adopt me into His holy family. To read the words “before you were born I consecrated you” truly brings joy to my heart. I am able to find my true worth in the God of the universe. My Heavenly Father has set me apart for a reason – reason that brings Him honor, a reason that brings Him glory, a reason that grows His kingdom. The same is for you as one of God’s children. 
One of the most powerful reasons why God has set me apart is to carry His message across the nations – to all the people I come into contact with on a daily basis. The God of the universe has given me the power through the Holy Spirit to share the good news of Jesus. This allows me to carry the only solution to the problems of so many people. People that are daily consumed by lies and negativity in their lives. People need to find their worth in the one who created them, the one who knew them before He formed them, the one who has set them apart, the one who has called them. We all must understand God as our Heavenly Father through His son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I pray you are encouraged. I pray you find your worth in your creator. If you aren’t at the moment, please reach out to us at Belmont. We are hear to listen. Much love. 
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following question: 
  • What does it mean for you that God knew you before you were born?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Young Adult and Student Pastor

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