“Doing What the Lord Desires”
Even though I know the Biblical account of John the Baptist well, I am still amazed each time I reread it. He has a successful ministry going on and he shuts it down, sending his followers to Christ. Please read the following verse for an example of this.
John 1:29–51 (The New International Version John Testifies About Jesus) 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!s 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
The Lord calls people to ministry and also shuts that call down when it is appropriate. Possibly the call is more memorable than the shutting down.
My father-in-law was a very good preacher of the Word. He was overcome by dementia and one morning he didn’t know how to close the worship service.
In John’s case, he was in the prime of his ministry when the Lord shuts him down.
I realize that my time of shutting down is approaching. I am planning on pastoring a few years yet, but one never knows.
I pray that I will have the dignity and grace that John the Baptist shows when that time is here.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing