You’re Asking Me?
You’re Asking Me?
 
“After me comes he who is mightier than I,
the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.”
- Mark 1:7
 
Ever been asked to do something you felt you were unqualified for? Assemble a bike on Christmas Eve? Coach Little League? Serve in the church nursery? If we’re honest with ourselves, there are always things we’re afraid to tackle.
 
That was John’s challenge as he preached near the Jordan. Jesus requests that the Baptizer wade into the river and perform the sacrament for Jesus himself. Matthew records John saying: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
 
The funny thing about this story is that it’s not about John, his inadequacies, or his fears. The story is about doing what God wants just at the time He wants it. Jesus responds to John in this way: “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”
 
As we step into Advent, there will be times when we are out of our element. We hear that Emanuel is coming and wonder what it means to live in God’s presence.  How will life be different?  What if our best efforts fail?
 
It would be easy to hesitate and even refuse to try, but change is in the air. Each of us needs to place our trust in God. Our commitment is never about us. It’s always about putting the Kingdom first.
 
John stepped into the water with Jesus. He agreed to go beyond his fears. He accepted the possibility that God was doing a new thing. He stood with God’s very own son. This Advent may we be open to the Spirit’s leading and willing to take on new challenges. Let us consider what new things God might be calling us to.
 
Prayer
Father, let us place our trust in you, believing that your gracious love will lead us wherever you have called us to be. Amen.
 
~ Marshall Old

 

Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:42 PM
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