"King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your hands, for the king can do nothing against you.” So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud." - Jeremiah 38:5-6
How great is our commitment to that new job? What are we willing to sacrifice for the success of the company? Are we all about the bigger picture and greater goal? I know many people who have changed jobs in a heartbeat, when they were asked to do tasks outside their job description. It's been said that any company or group is only as strong as it's weakest link, and that link is the one who refuses to go the distance.
Jeremiah was "hired" or "called" by the Lord to be a prophet. The job description for a prophet didn't always contain great detail, but it generally involved telling the future, proclaiming God's word, and calling for repentance. On occasion, the prophet might find himself in grave danger, in the very midst of doing God's will. For the sake of the call and the success of God's plan, a faithful prophet like Jeremiah, was willing to go the distance.
What are you all about my friend? How important is the work of God and His eternal purpose to you? When you agreed to follow Jesus, were you willing to do whatever it involved...and a little bit more? Were you even willing to sink down into the mud for the success of the His kingdom? To be a "strong link" in the work of God, you need to go the distance.