There Was Sent from God…

John 1:6 “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

I wonder how far John the Baptist would have gotten in today’s society? John the Baptist was unique even for the time in which he lived. His dress, his diet and his standard of living were all out of the ordinary, yet listen to what Jesus had to say about him:

Matthew 11:7-11 “And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

Why would Jesus say this about him? Because John the Baptist was obedient to God by doing what he was asked to do.

Reading and studying about John the Baptist, the discovery is made that he feared God, not man, and he desired to please God, not man. John did what he did not to gain popularity or attract crowds. He did it for the glory of God!

I think that in today’s society, John the Baptist would not be unique because of how he lived, how he dressed, or even what he ate. We live in a time where it seems like anything goes. However, I do believe that John the Baptist would be unique because of his uncompromising commitment to the truth of God’s Word and his unwavering persistence in doing what God called him to do.

I believe that John the Baptist found strength in knowing that he was sent from God for a purpose. Sometimes we need to stop and just remind ourselves of why we do what we do.

I pray that whether we are selecting an item, filling an order, scheduling meetings, proofing materials, brainstorming, hiring, addressing customers’ concerns, or doing anything, like John the Baptist, we will point those around us to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ (John 1:29).

Father, we pray that this week, we will not grow weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9 and 2 Thessalonians 3:13) and we pray that You will remind us that we are here for a purpose: to do Your will, in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Hey this could be a New Year’s Resolution…… in 2018 fulfill God’s purpose ….. J

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