Week beginning: 15th January, 2017 | By Mark Jones | Reigate
'There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.'John 1:6-8 (NIVUK)
John had a purpose. He was specially conceived for the purpose (Luke 1:17). The last Old Testament prophet, his purpose was to point people to the Messiah, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Attracting attention, but not wanting to be a distraction from the Christ, John gave a clear message: he was not the light but a witness to the light, directing us not to his own greatness through feigned humility but to Jesus.
By the time of his execution (a consequence of speaking God's truth to royalty) the work he had been set was done. If his life had been a witness to his own greatness, it was a waste, a tragedy. As a life in witness to Christ it was glorious. His purpose was fulfilled.
Has God blessed you with particular legal/pastoral knowledge, wisdom and insight? Are you approached for advice by clients, colleagues, church family casually sidling up after the service? It feels good to be able to be able to shed light on the problems of others, to feel wise, to receive gratitude, to feel useful, to feel purpose, to feel fulfilled.
But does this truly meet the purpose for which we were specially conceived into Christ's family? Do we yearn to be more fulfilled in purpose as witnesses to the light? Are we ready to be?
1. Thank you Lord for the example of John the baptiser.
2. As you create opportunities for me to talk with others, help me to be a courageous witness to you.