Wed. Aug 5th, 2020

The place of my call

John 3:22-29

An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

 

If John had not understood the place of his call, I can imagine how he would have felt hearing Jesus whom he had just baptized was now baptizing people. He might have seen Jesus as a competitor trying to take away the people from him. But because John knew his assignment, he stood in the place of his call and respected the work of God. As it is written, he even supported the works of Jesus by revealing to the people who Jesus is and his purpose of coming.

 

John never looked down on himself, he never thought he deserved more respects or fame than Jesus, rather he was satisfied with his call of preparing the way for Jesus thus he stood in the place of his call. The parable of the talents teaches us no assignment given by God to men is greater or less than the other. Your assignment as a temple cleaner is well recognized by God as the assignment of a prophet is also.

 

Whatsoever you are doing for the Lord today, do it as to unto the Lord for he has placed you there to stand in the place of your call.

 

John must have gotten an unquestioned understanding (revelation) about Jesus in other to have served him the way he did. Same applies to us today, in other to stand in the place of our call, we must have a deep revelation about the one we serve, and this revelation is found by studying the word of God. Trials and tribulations may arise, fellow believers may stand as obstacle to you standing in the place of your call. For this reason, you must have an unquestioned understanding of Jesus just as John the baptist had.

 

Prayer: Give me grace father to always stand in the place of my call. Though trials may come, plant my feet on Jesus that i may not shake.

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