Saturday, February 16, 2013

GMG Week 3 Recap

This is late, but I wanted to recap Luke 3- This week we have read John the Baptist message of repentance & preparing for The Lord. Repentance is turning from sin and running to God.  Confession is a good start, but if we don't repent and change confession is worth nothing.  We saw the fruit of repentance- a heart of giving. A repentant heart is not a selfish heart therefore giving of its time & resources. In verses 10-14, the people asked John the Baptist what they needed to do.  He answered them, "He that hath two coats let him impart (share) with him that hath none; and he that hath meat let him do likewise..."  The soldiers asked what they were to do and John answered them, "Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages."  Wow- these are the signs of repentant hearts! Giving to the needy and being content.

John's servant hood is brought to life as he describes the coming Messiah saying he is not even worthy to unlatch his shoes. John had disciples & followers who hung on to his every word. Many respected him, yet he knew his place was under the authority of the One he was sent to prepare the way for.  Even though he was a prophet/preacher his place wasn't one of glory, but of a servant.  He was under Christ, and his job was to serve Him.

When I take my focus off of Jesus, it can be easy to become offended, want to be right, or even get a "pat on the back." But as John did I must remember that life is about being a servant; about giving to the poor, the widows, and the orphans; and being content with what God has given me.

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