Wednesday, 2 January 2019

John's Legacy


A man wandering in the desert, dressed in clothes made of camel hair, and eating locusts and wild honey. (Mark 1:4-8).

Not exactly sartorial elegance. More of an eccentric if you ask me.

Yet this was a man with a mission.

His mission – to tell everyone about Jesus. To prepare them for His arrival.

His name – John, the Baptist. In case you confuse him with another John.

An outspoken man who feared no one in his quest to do what God had asked him. He even dared to criticize the king, and paid dearly with his life for doing so. (Mark 6:14-29).

His legacy to us?

Courage and Obedience.

Despite living in dangerous times, this man had courage to speak out and tell the world about Jesus; and dared tell the King that he was wrong.

How often are we presented with the opportunity to speak about God, about our religion and our Christianity. Do we shy away and miss a good opportunity to witness for our Lord? Or have we got a tiny fraction of John’s courage? And obedience?

22 comments:

  1. Yes indeed do we have courage and obedience to witness to our faith ? Many through out our world today live in places and times of great danger to be just a quiet Christian.Some are martyred and we should remember them in prayer daily.

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    1. Joining you in such prayers for those Christians, John.

      It's nice to see you visiting us here. We hope you return soon and often.

      God bless.

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  2. Victor, I love how God uses us exactly where we are, exactly how He created us, to do His work.

    It'd be kinda boring if we all operated the same way ...

    Meanwhile, New Year's blessings to you, ol' chap!

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    1. Hello and welcome here this New Year, Linda. We hope to see you here more often. Wishing you a blessed 2019 filled with good things.

      God bless.

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  3. Courage … and Obedience, too? Considering the (relatively recent) age in which my grandparents toiled, I'm abashed how 'soft' I've become.
    You've certainly given us something to chew on this new day!

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    1. We all have our "soft" days Faith wise, Mevely, and perhaps literally too. The trick is to recognise it and keep going. Wishing you well, my friend.

      God bless you.

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  4. good lesson of courage and obedience today.

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  5. A great man and great example to follow.

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  6. Yes! John certainly modeled what it means to be courageous in speaking God's truth and obedient when it comes to doing His will. "He must increase, and I must decrease . . ."
    Blessings, Victor!

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    1. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to authority, like the king. A true example to modern Christianity.

      God bless you, Martha.

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  7. A good role model to have in your life especially in today's world.

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    1. You're right, Bill. A good role model for today's society.

      God bless you.

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  8. It is never easy to bring up the subject of religion and God in this age or any age before us. I am guilty of saying little about either to strangers or neighbors or when I was working, to my co-workers.
    I have seen some roll their eyes when others have tried to speak of God or religion or the worst scenario was when two co-workers were having tempers flaring because each felt that their religion was the correct and only one.
    I am very sorry but I will not preach to others. I will worship God in my way and leave others to do the same.

    God's Blessings Victor 💮✝

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    1. I understand and sympathise with what you say, Jan. There are times when it is the right thing to do to say nothing.

      God bless.

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  9. John the Baptist cleared the road and paved it for the Christ. Courage is a wonderful word to place on such a man.

    As I grow older, courage is what I am claiming. It is going well.

    Pray for Susan S. family. She denied God for her entire life. Her son (Brian) is my daughter's husband. Pray for him as he powers through helping his family.

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    1. Praying for Susan, Brian, and for you all right now.

      God bless you always.

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  10. Yes, a great man who gives us the perfect example for witnessing our faith. I confess that I am lacking in his courage much of the time.

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    1. As long as we pray, Terri, God will send us the courage when it is needed.

      God bless you.

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  11. Thank you for this encouraging post Victor! May we all be unashamed of our faith.

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