Moment of Decision

Baptism of Christ. Jesus is baptized in the Jo...
Baptism of Christ. Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River by John. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matt 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22

God has placed us all on earth for a purpose.  Yours might be to evangelize at your workplace.  Another person might be called to be an encourager.  John the Baptizer (not Baptist) had a singular purpose.  He was to be the forerunner for Christ.

Let’s look at what happened to John when his life’s mission intersected with a “moment of decision.

Matt 3:13-15.  John is faced with a dilemma of sorts.  His entire life’s purpose is to prepare the people for the coming Messiah.  You have people from every walks of life (see vv. 10-15) coming to you to be baptized.  Luke 3:21 shows us “the crowds were being baptized.”  Now, the one you’ve preparing them for tells you to baptize Him.  Do you now give Him your followers? Do you submit to Him and baptize Him?  John did what he was supposed to do.  He submitted to Jesus so that it would “fulfill all righteousness” (Matt 3:15 NASB).

The same thing will happen to us.  Follow the Spirit of God when He moves you to do something other than what you thought should happen.  God knows best.  Stay the course and cling to God’s unchanging hand.  You might feel you’re doing great things for God.  However, He might call you to a higher assignment.  Trust and lean on Him and you’ll never go wrong.  Just be ready for a course correction. Lastly, be prepared for your Moment of Decision.

We should note one other thing.  Jesus knew His mission when He was in the temple 18 years earlier (Luke 2:49).  Now He is about to walk in that mission. Obviously, He knew this before time began. However, Luke shows us how His human side became more cognizant of His mission.

Semper Fidelis

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