I’m subbing at the Christian school today. I’m in the Spanish classroom. This should be interesting, My Spanish vocabulary is limited to taco, burrito and about 5 other words. Wednesday is Chapel day. One of the teachers (I’ll call her “Eve,” although that’s not her name) spoke and she did a great job with the program. I really enjoyed it. It is really neat when Christians of different denominations can come together, put doctrinal differences aside and just talk about the LORD and His teachings.
I won’t go through all Eve had to say, but she did remind me of my responsibility and purpose. “A Voice Crying in the Wilderness” … That was the purpose of John the Immerser. He knew his purpose in life. He knew the plan God had for him. Eve spoke of the “Advance team.” That was what John did for Jesus. His message pointed people to Jesus. He even proclaimed Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
Her message reminded me of a sermon I preached on “Playing Second Fiddle.” The Baptizer was definitely second fiddle to the Messiah. He knew it too. He played his role and then stepped aside to let the LORD have center stage. Folks, that was not easy to do. John had a great following. Some believed he was the one he was pointing to. But John set the record straight when he said, “He must increase and I must decrease.”
Eve’s homeroom was leading the service and “Heart of Worship” was one of the songs we sang to prepare us for Eve’s words. You see, John knew about the Heart of Worship, Jesus. We need to be more like John. We may not run around in camel hair coats and feed on honey covered grasshoppers, but we can still proclaim and point others to Jesus. That is our purpose. That is one reason we are here.
Wait a minute! Isn’t that the preacher’s job? Well yes, but it’s also our job, each and every one of us. I matters not that one has been to ceme… seminary. Any of God’s children can proclaim the Gospel. Consider Peter and Paul. Peter was an uneducated fisherman, impulsive, loyal, but frightened. He boldly preached one sermon and 3000 people accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior. Paul was highly educated, a tentmaker and a Roman Citizen. Paul loved the LORD with a great passion, but he was unaware of the Truth. He was the greatest persecutor of Christians of his day. He became the Jew who carried the Gospel to the Gentiles. In both cases the difference in their lives was Jesus. It was Jesus who equipped them to perform the task God had for them.
Look at our heroes. Abraham was an old man with a wife past child bearing age; Joseph was sold into slavery and cast into prison; Moses may have had the best education man could offer (but then man’s best pales in comparison to God’s worst), but he was a murderer and had a speech impediment; Rahab was a prostitute; Hannah was barren; David was the runt of his family; Daniel was a captive teenager; Mary was a peasant girl; James and John has tempers; Matthew was considered a traitor; Simon was a member of a faction advocating a violent overthrow of the Government… But God used these people. Why? Because they were willing…
Here is a truth that needs to soak in. God isn’t really interested in your ABILITY as much as He is in your AVAILABILITY. What skills you lack, He will provide. Just recognize what God would have you do and then do it. He will take care of the rest.
But then, that’s the hard part, isn’t it? Trusting God to take care of the rest. What He did for these, our heroes, He will do for you.
Red Skelton ended each episode his TV show by stating his belief that God has put each of us here for a purpose. I do share that belief, and one thing I’ve noticed is that as my life has progressed, my purpose has changed. Yes, there have been times where I wondered what I was to be doing (Like now) but God has always showed me, and I strived to do what He wanted. As we seek God and draw closer, we will find our individual purposes for our lives. As He increases in our lives, we will decrease. It is all about Jesus. The better we realize that, the closer we get.
Because He Lives!