Crossroads: God’s Great Plan for You

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Jeremiah 1:4-10

Your Story

If you have known God since you were a child, talk about ways God worked in your life when you were a child. Talk about ways that God worked through you as a child to show others His love. If you became a Christian later in life, think back on your childhood and talk about ways that you now see that God was working in you or through you.

My Story and the Bible Story

As a child, I never liked to see people unhappy. I always wanted to do what I could to help. When I was about five, we went to a local nursing home to sing for the residents. While we were there, we met a lady in a wheelchair who really wanted to go home. I wanted her to be happy, so I decided that we could take her home with us. My mom said that I tried to wheel her out the door before she saw me and stopped me. Looking back, I can see that my calling to ministry was present at a young age; I just didn’t know it.

Read Jeremiah 1:4-10. From The Message: “The Message of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah of the family of priests who lived in Anathoth in the country of Benjamin. God’s Message began to come to him during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amos reigned over Judah. It continued to come to him during the time Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned over Judah. And it continued to come to him clear down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah over Judah, the year that Jerusalem was taken into exile. This is what God said: ‘Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.’ But I said, ‘Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!’ God told me, ‘Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’ I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there. I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it. Don’t be afraid of a soul. I’ll be right there, looking after you.’ God’s Decree. God reached out, touched my mouth, and said, ‘Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered! See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do among nations and governments—a red-letter day! Your job is to pull up and tear down, take apart and demolish, and then start over, building and planting.’”

God knew what He wanted Jeremiah to do. He knew all about Jeremiah before He even created him. Just as God knew all about Jeremiah, what his gifts would be, who he would be, etc., He knows all about us too. Before God created you, He knew about you. He knew what hair color you would have and how your eyes would be shaped. He knew what you would be good at, and the things you wouldn’t be good at. He knew what your talents would be and your sense of humor. God knows everything about you, including what He wants you to do in this world. Like Jeremiah, God has plans for you. And if you listen to God as Jeremiah did, He will share those plans with you. You will know what God wants you to do.

Discussion

• As a family, talk about how you all may hear God’s call in your lives (a feeling, a voice, from family or friends, at church, etc.).
• Ask your children if they feel like they know what God wants them to do.
• If they aren’t sure yet, talk about ways they can use the gifts God has given them.

Prayer

Thank God for knowing everything about us and loving us anyway. Ask God to help you and your family to understand His calling in each of your lives.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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