John, The Love of God
How incredible it is to be doing exactly what God created us to be and do! Some have called it our “sweet spot” in life. It is when all things come together as You join God in His work with the desires, gifts and talents He gave you. When we trust and obey, He allows us to be and do something very specific that give us joy unspeakable and full of glory. When that happens, give GOD the glory for it is He who arranged it, blessed it and finishes the work in us.
John the Baptizer was one of those who knew exactly why he was born and what he was created to do. He did it well, so well, that Jesus held his name high and spoke of him often. John, the front man who loved God dearly, devoted himself for life to Him and who paved the way for our Lord and Savior.
John 1, The Message
Thunder in the Desert
19-20 When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. He didn’t evade the question. He told the plain truth: “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They pressed him, “Who, then? Elijah?”
“I am not.”
22 Exasperated, they said, “Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something—anything!—about yourself.”
23 “I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”
24-25 Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. Now they had a question of their own: “If you’re neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?”
26-27 John answered, “I only baptize using water. A person you don’t recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.”
28 These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time.
29-31 The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God.”
32-34 John clinched his witness with this: “I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ That’s exactly what I saw happen, and I’m telling you, there’s no question about it: This is the Son of God.”
Think about it…
–John knew who he was and what he was to do for life. Do we know our life’s purpose from God well? Are we fulfilling it?
–John’s task was to reveal the Son of God. Are we revealing the Son of God by the way we live?
–Like John we only point the way. Who are we pointing to, we might ask? Are we pointing them to our church or Jesus Christ? People want Jesus but are not as interested in church. Point them to Jesus first. Be the “front man” like John.
–Help others rely on HIM (not us) for the specific answers for their lives. We can affirm the gifts and talents we see in others, but we cannot dictate what God is calling each of us to be and do.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to be and do what you intended for us to be and do. Grow us as we join You in your work. Help us to find our own “sweet spot” where we know you are fulfilling your purpose through us.
In Jesus Name, Amen