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God Appoints

God Appoints

17 December 2011

Reading: John 2-4

Scripture:

27 John replied, “God in heaven appoints each person’s work. 28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am here to prepare the way for him—that is all. 30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3: 27-28, 30 NLT)

John’s disciples saw Jesus’ growing popularity and realized that the crowds that had followed John were shifting over to hear Jesus speaking about the Kingdom of God. When they expressed their concern to John, his words of response revealed his heart for God and give some understanding why Jesus would say at another time that John was the greatest man ever born.

John was completely clear on what he was called to do and why. He completely trusted God to use him in his calling and to use others just as effectively in fulfilling the larger purpose of redeeming man from sin and death, and introducing God’s Kingdom.

I want to grow into the same confidence John had in knowing and embracing my calling and supporting others and rejoicing as they fulfill God’s purpose for their own lives and work. Today I apply these words from Romans 12 and Galatians 6 to my life…

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. 3 As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. (Romans 12:2-3 NLT)

4 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. 5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. (Galatians 6:4-5 The Message)

Prayer:

Father, Please help me be honest in my estimate of myself and to understand my calling, my role, and where I fit in your plan. I determine to do the creative best that I can with my life, to encourage others, and to rejoice when they do the same! May your Kingdom come and your will be done in my earth as it is in heaven. Amen!

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