Friday, July 08, 2011

A Man Who Lived His Life For Another

Men of the Bible Series - John the Baptist lived for a greater purpose.

Matthew 3:1-6  In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, 2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” 3 The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,

“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”

4 John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. 5 People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John. 6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

John 3:30  He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

The time that the Israelites had been waiting for was about to come, after hundreds of years without a prophet there is finally a new prophet, and he has exciting news of Jesus first visit on earth

John was a simple man, he lived  in a remote area, he lived a simple lifestyle. The only ambition that he had was to prepare the way for Jesus. He lived in a remote area that didn't have a lot of people around and yet the crowds came in great numbers to hear his message.

This is a great reminder that the world that we live in can get us off course. We are not here for the purpose of accumulating wealth and power and attempting to get noticed, we are here to prepare the people that we meet for the second coming of Jesus. We need to be very deliberate about spreading the gospel and remember that our message should be the same as John's was.

Help me Lord to remember why I am here and how important that it is for the world to be told about you.

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