Day 41 – Kingdom Power
On: December 11, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, ‘I baptise you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.” [Luke 3:15-18]

John knew his place. His role was extra-ordinarily important. Preparing the way for the One who was the Way, the Truth and the Life – Jesus Christ; The Messiah. And he carried out his ministry of baptism with all his heart and without fear of the consequence. But he knew his place. He was only the warm up act. Not worthy to tie the sandal straps of the One he was pointing towards.

I would suggest that this is a crucial lesson for us to learn; not just for outward effectiveness, but for inner wholeness. Knowing who we are, and not getting ahead of ourselves is actually liberating, not restricting; enabling, not demeaning. Pumping yourself up as a big shot (even if you find yourself in a place in life where people look up to you) will lead to all manner of bad behaviour and unhealthy lifestyle choices. If you doubt this, just reflect on the gossip columns and celeb pages of your average newspaper or magazine.

If John had sought to draw the spotlight on himself, he’d have become an obstacle to the immeasurable power of the One to come. By reflecting the spotlight onto Jesus, he played his part as a history changer … and found true greatness. “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” [Luke 7:28]

This is Kingdom Power at work.

One who is more powerful than I

Prayer:

Father God, it is when I focus my life on Your work and point people to You that I find my true greatness as a person and release Your Kingdom power into this World. May this be the person I aspire increasingly to become. Amen.

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