Parents you’re to be training your children to fulfill the call of God on their lives. They are commissioned.
September 15, 2017/
John the Baptist, I think we all have an understanding that John was Jesus’ cousin. But we think they were raised together in the same neighborhood, playing together as children and having dinner with their parents. But I don’t think that’s accurate. Remember when Mary lived in Jerusalem and traveled some 11.5 miles on foot about 3.42 hours to visit Elisabeth in the Hill Country of Judea it was not in the same neighborhood.
But I realized something else Matthew 3:11-12 John states who he is and recognizes who Jesus is. John knew Jesus as the coming Savior, not his cousin. Why?
Do we recognize whose presence we are in?
Cont…Matthew 3:13-17 John is strongly protesting the idea of Jesus coming to him….and he say’s I am supposed to come to you, not the other way around. I have tears in my eyes seeing this happen. I can only imagine what John was feeling. He has know Him all of his life that Jesus would be coming to save him, and now He is here asking him to minister to Him.
Jesus is to fulfill God’s purpose, so He also recognizes that John too has a purpose. Jesus says:Let’s do what God says!!! Matt. 3: 15-17
John was obedient to His Father, his purpose in this life was to fulfill what God had put inside of him since birth. This very moment was most crucial. WOW!!! to be in the will of God and know you did exactly what He had called you to do.
How did John get to this place of fulfillment?
The Bible says this about John:”Many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:14-16), and in Luke’s brief statement, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel” (Luke 1:80).
The character and spiritual insight of the parents shown in the incidents recorded are ample evidence that his training was a fitting preparation for his great mission. His parents knew the Lord and served God but that’s not an automatic for your children.
John took that call and pursued God. John was not a social butterfly, hanging out in places he shouldn’t be, but he positioned himself in a quiet place where the Lord revealed Himself, Where God could talk to him without interruptions. Actually his obedience attracted people to him in the wilderness Luke 3 say as John was calling out to God people came to him, seeking the Lord.
John separated himself from people on purpose to hear from His father, to become like his father and to do what the father told him to do. He traveled to tell about Jesus’s coming and to prepare our lives for this indwelling. He made us aware of the fact that Jesus would live on the inside of us by His Holy Spirit and work through us to fulfill our purpose. Physical kinship does not guarantee favor with God, but Spiritual kinship with God comes from being in His presence daily.
Parents you are their teachers, your child was no accident in God’s eyes. Train them up
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