“And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,’ says the Lord. ‘But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.'” – Jeremiah 45:5
God was speaking to a man named Baruch. We are first introduced to him in Jeremiah 32. We then see him again in Jeremiah 36 and once more here. He was employed by Jeremiah to be a scribe and write down all the words God spoke. He was part of a prominent Jewish family. It was said that he had a brother on the king’s official staff and that he could have probably secured a good comfortable job in the palace. Instead of taking that job, he took a lesser role (in the world’s eyes) as Jeremiah’s scribe.
At this point in Baruch’s life, we find God speaking directly to him and encouraging him. Why? Because in the verses before this, Baruch had become discouraged and depressed. In verse 3 Baruch says, “Woe is me now! For the Lord has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.” It could be he was reacting to the impending judgment on his nation. It could also be his reaction to how Jeremiah was treated. He may have even been discouraged because a desire for a higher position in the palace may not have materialized as he wanted. Because of these difficulties, it is very possible that Baruch was considering leaving Jeremiah’s ministry and asking his family for a more prominent and easier job in the palace.
God has given each one of us a gift to be used for Him, to glorify His name. Sometimes our role is in the background. Not all of us are called to be a pastor/teacher or CEO but these roles cannot be performed with excellence without the all the assistance behind the scenes. God gave Baruch assurance that He would keep Him if he stayed the course. Baruch did stay and fulfilled his calling.
What about you? What role has God asked you to take on? Is it behind the scenes? If so, will you do it with excellence or seek a position God did not give you? Maybe a role that is easier and not too demanding on your time. It is very important, as Christ followers, to use our God given gifts for His glory and where He wants us. It is not about us, it is about His name being lifted up. Are you fulfilling your role with excellence today?
“But seek first the kingdom of god and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33