September 18, 2019: SOAP #3576:  Ezekiel 45-46; Luke 1 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 1:14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will […]

September 18, 2019: SOAP #3576:  Ezekiel 45-46; Luke 1

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 1:14 He will be a joy and delightto you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great inthe sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, andhe will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

Matthew (NIV) 11:11  I tell you thetruth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than Johnthe Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Observation:    The angel was explaining to Zechariah about the son that would be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth.   He was to name him John.  My attention was drawn to the phrase, 'he will be great in the sight of the Lord.'      

Later Jesus said no one alive was 'greater than John the Baptist.' except Jesus.    

What is there that makes one 'great in the sight of the Lord.'   God's estimation is worth more than the opinion of anyone else.   John was willing to fulfill his purpose even though he had no choice in it.   John was humble.   John was willing to stay out of the mainstream of life.   John was willing to play second fiddle"to take a back seat.   John was willing to be overlooked.   John sent His disciples to Jesus.  

Application:  Like John, I must come to the realization thatlife is not all about me.  It is all aboutHim!  Doing His will, bringing glory toHim is more important than my comfort. Like John, 'He must increase; I must decrease!'  (John 3:30) John was great because his life was all about THE GREATEST! 

Prayer:  Jesus, you are the servant of all; yet withoutquestion, you are the greatest.  Whatevervalue I have is in my relationship to you. May you increase and I decrease. Be glorified in me, I pray.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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