If we ever need an example of true faith, we can look at John the Baptist. He spent his whole life and ministry encouraging people to repent of their sins, and turn to Jesus. John the Baptist showed with a spiritual conviction that faith in Jesus alone could save all sinners. May we remember at Christmas to point people to the true reason for the season, and stay focused on the true deeper meaning in our own lives, so that the beauty of Christmas overshadows the busy aspects of it in our hearts. These words paraphrased from Matthew 3:9-11 should help:
Before My Son Jesus Christ graced the earth, I sent a messenger who was full of tenacity and perseverance. This messenger, John the Baptist, would unashamedly announce the coming and arrival of My Son Jesus Christ boldly and confidently. He was bold about warning the religious leaders that their birth place amongst the Israelites wouldn’t remain sufficient enough to save their souls any longer. He fearlessly declared that I would remove any and all trees who do not produce good fruit. These legalistic and very hypocritical folks were claiming to believe in Me, yet were living unproductive lives despite My desire to see them active in their obedience. John the Baptist warned all people that they needed to repent of their sins and turn to Me, God. He told them of the coming of the Messiah, the Saviour, Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ, recognizing that despite his own reverence for My Kingdom, he still wasn’t even worthy of carrying My Son’s sandals. By that standard, none are, but this gift was given to you lovingly regardless. Therefore I long to see you full of gratitude and appreciation for your salvation. John the Baptist excitedly told others that the Holy Spirit would be present upon those baptised in My Son’s name, things that were unheard of in this time period. Be rich in thanksgiving – aside from your salvation, you also have received my Spirit to accompany you all the days of your life. Allow my spirit to change you inwardly, as your baptism changed you outwardly. Allow my Spirit to boldly help you explode in faith. Allow My Spirit to change you from the inside out. Allow My Spirit to equip you to be bold just like John the Baptist.
God the Father
Matthew 3:9-11, paraphrased
- How can you be bold with your faith just like John the Baptist was?
- What does true repentance look like in your life? Is there an area that you need to submit to God today?
- How can you prevent yourself from stifling the Holy Spirit within you?
Alternate verses for your reflection:
- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
- Romans 1:16-17
- Matthew 21:21-22
- James 1:2-6
- 1 Timothy 6:12