Wednesday Word 1.11.2017

Matthew 3:13-17

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

John played a vital role in preparing the people to be ready for the coming of The Messiah.  He knew that he had spent his entire life in preparation for service to God and was dedicated to fulfilling that service, even to the point of his horrible death.  Because of John’s commitment to God, Jesus was able to take a critical step in his ministry that was very pleasing to God.

You have a role to play in the eternal scheme of things.  Sometimes, like John, your responsibility is clear.  John knew that the coming of the Savior was foretold and that they would meet.  He was able to carry out his mission and contribute to the wonderful events that live on with us today.  In all likelihood, you may never see your actions come to fruition.  You may never realize the importance your actions play in God’s plan.  Regardless, never doubt for an instant that it is a thing of wonder and joy when God’s plan comes together.  How wonderful for you to fulfill your role!

We are fortunate that we don’t have to go off into the wilderness, dress in animal hides and subsist on bugs in order to prepare the way John the Baptist did.  All we have to do is open our hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit and follow his lead…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ,