In Jeremiah 15:16-21: We see three conditions here to be a spokesman for God.
• First of all: "Lord, I found Your words, and Your word has become for me the joy and delight of my heart" (verse 16). God's word must be the joy and delight of your heart. Just like a businessman has joy in making money, your joy must be in getting into God's word. Many want to be preachers today, who do not spend time digging into God's word, and who don't look at God's word as the joy and delight of their hearts.
• Secondly: "I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers" (verse 17). When other people in Judah were partying and having fun, Jeremiah went away by himself to be alone with God. If you don't discipline yourself to stay away from the jokers of this world, you can never be a spokesman for God. I am not saying that humour and clean jokes are wrong. But many Christians don't know where to stop in such matters - they are perpetual jokers. Jeremiah made sure that he didn't spend time with such people.
• Thirdly: Jeremiah made a complaint to God in verse 18 saying, "Lord, why have You let me down? You have been to me like a deceptive stream, like unreliable water. I come to the stream thinking there is water there and there is none. You have let me down." The Lord said, "Don't ever say things like that to Me." the Lord rebuked Jeremiah for speaking words of unbelief (verse 19). God never lets us down. He is not like an unreliable stream. Jeremiah was depending on his feelings and looking at his circumstances. The Lord told him, "If you return to Me, and get rid of the habit of speaking worthless words (like the ones you just spoke - idle, useless words and words of unbelief) and ensure that you speak only precious words (of faith and goodness), then you will be My mouthpiece."
How many of you want to be God's mouthpiece? I am not talking about being a preacher of dead sermons that come from some book you read, but being God's spokesman. If you want to be that, then don't waste time in useless company, but redeem your time and spend it digging into God's Word. Let that be your delight. Get rid of useless conversation and speak words of faith always and only good words in all your conversation. Then the Lord will make you His mouth. There is no partiality with God. Then the Lord told Jeremiah: "You must never go back to them. You must influence them. Don't let them ever influence you" (Jeremiah 15:19 - Living).
Don't let the world influence you; and don't let corrupt Christendom influence you. Don't let backslidden pastors and money-loving preachers influence you. Let God influence you - and then influence others towards godliness. God's promise is that He will make us "a fortified wall of bronze such that people will not be able to prevail over us" (Jeremiah 15:20). Hallelujah! There is a heavy price to be paid to be God's servant. In Jeremiah's case, part of that price was that he was to remain unmarried all his life.
The Lord told him "You must not take a wife or have sons and daughters in this place" (Jeremiah 16:2). Some like Paul and Jeremiah are called to a single life by God. They must be willing to accept that calling. Jeremiah was not even permitted to go into a house of mourning or into a house of feasting (Jeremiah 16:5, 8). Prophets had to discipline their eating habits if they were to serve the Lord. Can you imagine what people said about Jeremiah? They must have remarked that he was a very unsocial person. He was an outcast in society because he didn't have time to fool around like other people. He had to wait before God to get His message. Many people don't want to pay that price but still want to be God's spokesmen. Such preachers not only don't do any good to God's people, they do a lot of harm.