Jeremiah was called to be “a prophet to the nations” not a priest like his father and his grandfather.
Jeremiah 1:5, states; “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you;
Before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
He was chosen and authorized to be a spokesman for God who would declare God’s Word to the people.
Being a prophet was more demanding than serving as a priest. The priests’ duties were predictable. Everything was written down in the law.
The prophet never knew from one day to the next what the Lord would call him to say or to do. The priest worked primarily to preserve the past.
The prophet labored to change the present so the nation would have a future. Priests dealt with externals – rituals, sacrifices, offerings, services – whereas the prophet tried to reach and change hearts.
Priests ministered primarily to individuals with various needs. Prophets, on the other hand, addressed whole nations, and usually the people they addressed didn’t want to hear the message.
Priests belonged to a special tribe and therefore had authority and respect, but a prophet could come from any tribe and had to prove his divine call. Priests were supported from the sacrifices and offerings of the people, but prophets had no guaranteed income.
Is God calling you to an assignment today? Why not answer Him and like Jeremiah, listen to what He is saying.
There maybe challenges to your call, but God always keeps His promise.