The Word and John
“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. (7) He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. (8) He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. (9) The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” - John 1:6-9
“He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30
Concept Summary – The second best man who ever lived.
It’s an old axiom in the military that tacticians win battles, but logisticians win wars. It’s not enough to get your people into the firefight, you also have to feed them, supply them with all the ammunitions and resources they need to “prosecute the war." That takes specialized people.
There are two tiers of people in the military: the officers and the enlisted men. My father and brothers went the officer route; I went the enlisted one. They learned the disciplines of the tactician and logistician, I learned how to take their orders and make them reality. Each of us had his own calling, and I like to think I made my officers look good. If they ever messed up, then my blood would forever haunt them. If I messed up I’d just meet the Lord!
If you read the Bible closely, you’ll find there’s lots of folks whose lives and roles were planned out for them before they came into the world. Isaac, Ishmael, Solomon, Josiah and even a foreign king, Cyrus were named by God before they were ever born.
In the verses above, we learn that John the Baptist was prepositioned by God to shake Israel’s soul before the coming of the Messiah, too. In Luke 3:2-6, you can even see when God’s trigger sparked John’s soul to put him on the path to his destiny. Essentially, he played the role of a witness, reminding Israel that her Messiah was coming and to get their hearts right before they met Him. You can even see what he said in Luke 3:3-6. It’s pretty much the same message all evangelists bring.
You might be surprised to learn that Jesus is still setting special people aside for His purposes. In Ephesians 4:11-12 you’ll find our pastors and teachers are actually gifted to us. Frankly my friend, if you read Psalm 136:16 closely you’ll find out He’s designed you for His purposes, too. You have a destiny and a role in His plan that only you can perform! No other joy will be as great as knowing you’re pleasing God as you serve others by serving Him!