Jeremiah 25:2-4 (KJV)
The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
Jeremiah’s ministry was personal and independent.
- God had called him Independently.
- God had anointed him independently.
- God had spoken to him independently.
But Jeremiah wasn’t alone. Jeremiah was keenly aware that there were other prophets doing exactly as he was doing. He was independent but he was not alone.
The same can be said, for instance, of the New Testament apostles. The majority of Biblical information has to do with Paul.
- His ministry was independent.
- He was personally accountable for it.
But he too was not alone. While the Bible tells us little of the ministries of Peter, and next to nothing of the others, we know they were busy in the Lord’s work and they knew it (about each other) too.
The same is true of us. Each of us is independently accountable for our walk with Christ but we are not alone. Each pastor is independently responsible for his ministry but he isn’t the only preacher. Each church is independently accountable for the light they send to the world but we operate best when we are aware that others send that same light.
We are personally responsible, but we are not alone.
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Jeremiah 25:2-4 We Are Not Alone
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