What is the purpose of my life? Why did God so desire to place me in this exact time and space? Am I even doing what I am suppose to do in this life?
I ask myself these questions more often than I probably should. I can very clearly see, looking back, how God continued to prepare me for the next move He had for me. From being a teacher to leading kids’ ministry, from leading youth to women to worship. It seems like I am always waiting for where and how He is going to move me next.
God had an exact purpose in mind as He brought John into the world in the most miraculous way!
Before John even took his first breath he was destined for a mission from God. He was the one Isaiah speaks of as “a voice is calling, ‘Clear the way for the Lord [YHWH] in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.” He would be the one God would use in a mighty way to bring all men to know the Messiah would arrive soon.
John’s gospel records this moment when John the Baptist, reaching the climax of his ministry, sees Jesus as He walks on the scene. He proclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.”
Can you even imagine being present in the crowd as those words were heard? My heart beats a bit faster every time I read this passage. Remember, God’s people had been waiting and waiting for these prophecies to come to into play in their lifetime. John preached like no other and when this proclamation was made that the Messiah had arrived I can almost hear the gasps from those who watched Jesus walk toward John to be baptized and begin His earthly ministry.
Although John would face a season of doubt and eventually lose his life to a king’s careless promise, his role as “the Way-paver” for the Messiah would be accomplished.
Do you know that, like John, God has a purpose and plan for your life and it was written even before one of your days came to be. (Psalm 139:16) He created you for good works. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2 that God prepared beforehand the works we should accomplish. We don’t do these things to earn our salvation, we do these things because of our love for the Father who gave us heaven as a free gift.
God does has a plan and purpose for your life but His first priority is to receive the gift He offers you. the gift of eternal life with Him in heaven when your life on this earth is done. This gift cannot earned by anything you do but has already been paid for by Jesus when He gave His life for our sins on the cross.
Why can’t we earn this gift of eternal life in heaven? Ephesians 2 tells us that it is so we can’t boast thinking we are better than someone else and deserve more of Jesus because of how good we are. The ground is level at the cross. We all must come and receive the sacrifice of Jesus when He died on the cross. It’s by faith alone that we are saved. The good we do, our works, are the outpouring of our love and gratitude for such a great and perfect gift that God has given us.
This Christmas if you have not received God’s gift of Jesus, I pray that today would be the day you realize your need for Him. If you do choose to receive this gift, this will be the best Christmas ever!
14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his (John’s) birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”