Tuesday, May 19, 2009

John The Baptist - The B-I-B-L-E

Luke 1:13-17 But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

Scofield, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Rice, Graham - all men who have recently gone forth and shared the gospel. Many lives were changed because of these men and others. Did their fathers know they were chosen for this? As parents, we all want our children to aspire to be great. We want them to be brought up being kind and polite with all the knowledge they can gain. But what if God chose to tell you the great things your child would do? What if he said "Joey" was going to become a missionary in the deepest parts of Indonesia and many people will be saved. Would you train him differently?

God has a purpose for every child - a different purpose - yet the same training is required for all of us. The Bible is our text book. If we are to be skilled in whatever task God will call us to do - we must be familiar with His Word. If we are willing to go where He calls us, to be a servant for Him - our training comes from knowing the scriptures and knowing Jesus Christ.

So the question is - are we ready if He calls?

2 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Great post and I am living that one. I have seen people go into ministry because their mom or dad
"heard" God say they would be pastors, etc. Unfortunately the parents didn't keep that to themselves and pray. God speaks to HIs men and women! Both of my children have a call on their lives; at times it has come to them. They have been around so many professional ministers, speakers, etc. because so many have stayed in our home. All have not been good examples as they showed their off the pulpit side to my young children.

But I know God will get through to my grown children on time and clearly. Both of my children pray, listen and desire to please God. I pray often for them to KNOW what He wants from them. I even pray "whatever" it takes for them to be in place in HIM. That has been a most expensive prayer for them and me and their late father.

Trust God; trust all God has flowed through you into your children...they will always come back to that which they learned in their youth with godly parents.

Great word, Dorrothy.

Greg C said...

How did I miss this post? Oh well, I found it now. I try to tell my boys to be the best at whatever they chose and I think that is what God has in mind too. Not everyone will be an world famous but all you have to do is be famous in God's eyes.