My, Devotion to Him #96
VERSE PASSAGE: Matthew 3:14 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” – NIV
Jesus comes to the Jordan and wants John The Baptist to baptize Him. John freaks. John tries to stop Jesus by telling Him, he needs to be baptized instead. John the Baptist was overwhelmed that Jesus was asking to be baptized by him. John had already declared in Luke 3:16 that he was unworthy to unloose the straps of Jesus’ shoes and now Jesus was asking him to perform baptism.
Likewise, we are often overwhelmed by the idea that the Lord could use us. Who are we to proclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ? It is easy to disqualify ourselves and not fulfill God’s instructions. However, Jesus told John that he had to do it to fulfill all righteousness.
As wonderful as it may seem, the Lord has chosen to use us. God’s Word could not have been fulfilled without John’s cooperation. The Lord works through men. We must be the willing vessels.
A lack of understanding this has caused many people to miss God’s blessings. They pray and desire God’s best, but wait on God to move independent of them. There are things that we must do to fulfill the righteousness of God in our lives. Ministers have been hampered, churches have suffered, Christians have been in a standstill all because they wait for God to move. God wants us to move so that He can begin the work. John prepared the way of Jesus. Jesus told him that he must baptize Him. We are called to advance the Kingdom of God not to standstill and watch as the Kingdom grows. We are the disciples. We are the warriors. We are the soldiers. We are the wave that crashes against the world. We are the light that shines throughout this whole world. God is in the business of recruiting. He is recruiting people who are vessels. He wants you! He wants to use you!
John was not seeking to exalt himself, but his failure to baptize Jesus would not have been an act of humility. It would have been stupidity. It takes great humility to recognize the call of God on your life. So, today let Him use you.
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