God knew you, as he knew Jeremiah, long before you were born or even conceived. He thought about you and planned for you. When you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember that God has always thought of you as valuable and that he has a purpose in mind for you.
Jeremiah was "appointed" by God as his "Prophet to the nations." God has a purpose for each Christian, but some people are appointed by God for specific kinds of work.
- Samson (Judges 13:3-5)
- David (1 Samuel 16:12-13)
- John the Baptist (Luke 1:13-17)
- Paul (Galatians 1:15-16)
Those four were also called to do particular jobs for God. Whatever work you do should be done for the Glory of God (Philippians 1:11) If God gives you a specific task, accept it cheerfully and do it with diligence. If God has not given you a specific call or assignment, then seek to fulfill the mission common to all believers - to love, obey, and serve God - until his guidance becomes clear.
The Bible places a high value on all human life, including that of the unborn. Biblical teaching declares that life is a sacred, God-given gift (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7; Deuteronomy 30:15-19; Job 1:21; Psalm 8:5; 1 Corinthians 15:26), especially the life of children (Psalm 127:3-5; Luke 18:15-16), and condemns those who take it away (Exodus 20:13; 2 Kings 1:13; Amos 1:13-14). The development of unborn life is controlled by God (Job 31:15; Psalm 139:13-16; Ecclesiastes 11:5; Isaiah 44:2; 46:3; 49:5; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15).
The personhood of the fetus is clearly taught in Exodus 21:22 where the unborn is called a "child" (yeled) rather than a "fetus" (nephel or golem). Hosea 9:11 implies that life begins at conception, while Luke 1:41, 44 recognizes the consciousness of an unborn child.
"The high value placed on unborn human life in the Bible is consistent with the Mosaic law regarding negligent miscarriage (Exodus 21:22-25). This law can be compared to similar statues in the Code of Hammurabi (NOS. 209-214) in which the punishment exacted for acts of negligence that resulted in a woman's miscarriage was dependent on the legal or social status of the mother, not the personhood (or supposed lack thereof) of her unborn child. Middle Assyrian law no. 53 (12th Century B.C.) made a self-induced miscarriage (an abortion) a capital offense." - Paul H. Wright