“See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:10
God knows us before we know ourselves. He is willing and able to equip us for what He has appointed us to do. But when I opened my Bible to Jeremiah 1 recently, I saw that I had written the word, “What?” twice next to Jeremiah 1:10. I was prompting myself to ponder and execute something important.
Will you do it with me?
Grab a notebook or your journal and let’s make a list!
What in my life can I pluck up?
Like weeds, these are the little things we do each day that we know aren’t good for us but are easy to eliminate. For example, a TV show or a bad habit that hurts your body (1 Corinthians 6:19).
What in my life can I break down?
These are bigger, more established structures in our lives. For example, a wall of conflict with a loved one or a codependent relationship.
What in my life can I destroy?
These are the things that we need to walk away from altogether. For example, a stronghold like an addiction or inappropriate relationship.
What in my life can I overthrow?
Here we have the fears, the anxieties, the negative self-talk, all the things that keep us from moving forward.
Each of the things on your list, either hinder your walk by tripping you up in some way, or place a wall of divide between you and God altogether. But once each thing is gone, there will be gaps. For the bigger things, there might even be trenches that are hard to cross.
How do we fill those holes in? We build and we plant.
What can I build in my life?
First of all, our relationship with God needs to be edified. More time in prayer and in The Word and in fellowship with other believers. Secondly, we need to build our lives in Him. Our careers, education and home lives need to all come under Christ’s sovereignty.
What can I plant?
We plant seeds of love, hope and encouragement through our testimony of how we’ve destroyed the evil in our lives and replaced it all with Jesus’ redeeming goodness. Your story is a story of repentance, and it serves as a model for others to follow as they come to know Christ through you.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17