By Kevin Linthicum
…for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. Luke 1:15
I have read this verse hundreds of times. However, this time something captivated my attention. I was drawn to the latter section of the text. Luke records these words for us “and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.” Luke is making us aware; John will live an extraordinary life. John will live a life set apart for the purpose of God’s will. Before time even began, God knew the very intimate details of John’s life, and God knew how John would “go before” for Christ. He knew John would “bring back” many people to the Lord. John was set apart to “make ready” for people.
When I consider my responsibilities in God’s Kingdom, I feel compelled to consider many of the phrases Luke used in this text.
Is it possible God could be using each of us to “bring back” people to God? If so, what action can we take today to reach others?
What an incredible advantage John had being filled with the Spirit before birth. For many of us, it has taken a lifetime to even begin to understand even an elementary concept of God’s will for our lives. John came out the womb ready for service, and he lived a life set apart for service.
How will you respond to God’s call to service today? Are you willing to go out of your way to “bring back” the lost to God? As you consider these questions, I pray that God will ignite a feeling within your soul to reach the lost.
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