What can you learn from John the Baptist? No 3
What can you learn from John the Baptist?
Four simple lessons from John the Baptist
God works though individuals
Be quiet before the Lord
Position and prestige are unimportant in the kingdom of God
Use money properly & scripturally
[KJV] [Matthew 11:11] Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
NON GREATER BUT THE LEAST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN GREATER THAN HE
[KJV] John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
It’s like double entry bookkeeping – for increase there must be a decrease or else the trail balance will show an error – the debits & the credits must balance.
What were his strengths and how will we be greater?
There is much we can learn from John and apply to our lives and ministries.
- Be quiet before the Lord.
John spent time with the Lord isolated from distraction.
It is no coincidence that Moses, David, Paul, John the Baptist, and Jesus all spent time alone with the Lord God in the desert.
The desert is a quiet place.
Today, television, the Internet, music, movies, handheld entertainment all compete for our time and can even become addictive. I need to get aside somewhere to pray. I used to like to walk as I prayed. I used to hop in my car & drive to a lonely spot, often with a great view of the countryside, and pray sometimes while sitting in car & sometimes getting out.
[KJV] [Mark 1:35] And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
[KJV] [Mark 1:36] And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
[KJV] [Mark 1:37] And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
There is a deep significance in this fact that Jesus so often during His Ministry turned aside for periods of prayer.
He has just spent His energies in healing the crowds of sick; and now this expenditure of power is followed quite naturally by the restoration of power. This is the top-up experience that refreshes and restores him.
If the healer himself found this necessary, how much the more should the patient — myself!
For I too have spent my energies time and time again — spent them in rather a different way — in enduring my particular cross, in facing up to pain and distress, in trying to sustain the will to live. Furthermore, unless I do renew my energy in prayer, there seems to be little alternative to cracking up completely.
Prayer is not an optional extra; it is the very power of my life.
Going Aside to Pray.
[KJV] Luke 9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
I let Jesus take me aside. When he calls then I drop what I’m doing and go with him.
[KJV] Luke 9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
Do I follow Jesus when he hides himself? Do I hide myself sometimes?
MAR 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
So busy I have no time to eat let alone pray. I get pushed and engaged with the business of living & ministering. I do not need days or weekends off, I just need a quiet place for an hour or two. I always make certain that I get these times of short respite. The stillness of my heart & the voice of prayer and thanksgiving refresh and restore me.
32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
Sometimes I need a private space for a short time – that is all it takes to centre myself in the rest that is God and the centre of his great heart of love.
Mat_14:23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
I am not heard for my “much” praying. I just know that I must not run on empty.
Mar_6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
Sometimes I have to make a departure to just go aside to pray. I like random rather set daily at a set time to pray. My need for pray changes with the demands and challenges of the day.
Luk_6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Sometimes I separate myself for a night.
Luk_9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
Jesus sometimes takes me aside. Sometimes I go aside to find him.
Act_10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
Peter learnt from the master. Let’s hope that I can!
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