Thoughts for the Week -- March 8-14, 1999
The Voice and His Witness
John the Baptist identified himself as a voice, specifically, "the voice of
one crying in the wilderness." John cried for repentance. John cried out
the news of the coming One. John cried forth that the kingdom of Heaven was
at hand. John was a voice, John had a voice, John used his voice to prepare
the way for Jesus.
Have you found *your* voice?
Then came the day when Jesus appeared on the scene of John's ministry. John
saw Him...and used his voice: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world."
John was not so caught up with his ministry and his message that he missed
seeing Jesus. John was not so consumed with himself and his surroundings
that he missed seeing Jesus. John was not so aware of the people that he
missed seeing the Person. I wish this were true of me.
I can get so involved with these youth pages...that I can actually miss
seeing Jesus. I can become so involved with the direction of the mission
board...that I miss seeing Jesus. I can get so bogged down with my failings
(and successes)...that I miss seeing Jesus. I can become so consumed in my
pursuit of solutions to interpersonal problems...that I miss seeing Jesus.
My friend, how can I point out *the Lamb of God* to others if I have missed
seeing Him myself? Life is not about youth pages, mission boards, failings
(and successes) and interpersonal relationships. Life is about Jesus!
Because Jesus is life. And Jesus is the One who takes away the sin of the
Have *you* seen Him?
Have *you* found your voice?
Would men know you've been with Jesus? They need to know by your voice.
They also need to know by your life. Let your life develop into one that
points to Jesus, "Behold the Lamb of God!" May those around you see in
daily walk and action that you have His life divine. When they are near you
may they feel His presence near.
We will never be the voice crying in the wilderness. I believe, though,
that God calls each one of us to be a voice calling in the moral wilderness
in which we live. And wilderness it is, hastening steadily toward absolute
depravity not seen since Noah's time.
Noah found refuge in his ark. Your refuge is in the Lamb of God. But you
will not reach that refuge if you do not see Him! Nor will you help others
to safety if, having seen Him, you do not find your voice.
Have you seen Him today? Did you even look for Him?
Imagine John, preaching and answering questions...but scanning the crowd,
looking for the One his spirit would identify as the focus of his message.
And then..."Behold the Lamb of God!"
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