I’m reading Luke 1 this morning and Zacharias’ prophecy concerning his son, John, really struck me. Specifically, I’m reading verses 76 through 79. I LOVE this!!!
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Check out all the verb and action phrases that Zacharias is proclaiming his son will do:
- “will be called”
- “to prepare His ways”
- “to give knowledge of salvation”
- “go before the face of the Lord”
- “to give light” to those in darkness and the shadow of death
- “to guide our feet” into peace
Those are mighty big promises of what John the Baptist will do. Even more amazing is that he fulfilled these prophecies, one by one. John did not fit into society. He was set apart and called to do the work of the Lord.
I mean … look at those action verbs a little closer.
He was called, to prepare, to give knowledge, to go before, to give light, and to guide.
These are not passive words but ACTIVE words. He lived his faith one action at a time. I look at myself and the life I live and wonder, am I touching anyone’s life with God’s Word? Am I giving light and guiding any people to Him? I need to work on that. Being a Christian means that I should be a person of ACTION, of active giving and guiding. I need to put my light on a lampstand so that others can see God through my words, my actions, my tones…my everything. I should exude God’s love and peace to all I meet and engage each and every day.
We are each born with a purpose (see Psalm 139)…am I living out the purpose for which God created me? These are serious thoughts to ponder this Christmas season.
I love the Lord…I do. I cherish my relationship with Him, but I really think that I need to be more active in living out my relationship so that others may know of the Jesus I follow and worship.