Read: Start by reading John 1:22–23 out loud.
Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” —John 1:22–23 NIV
Meditate: John the Baptist knew his purpose. It had been foretold in Isaiah. He was to be the voice calling out in the wilderness. The people were spiritually dry. They needed to hear a word from God, and John brought it, baptizing with water and persuading the people to prepare for the coming of the Messiah.
Imagine growing up with such a purpose. Luke 1:80 says of John the Baptist, “And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel” (NIV). John didn’t waver from his purpose, even when the truth made others angry.
Read John 1:22–23 again.
- Focus on the question, “Who are you?”
- Thank God that He has made you for His own purpose.
John’s job was vitally important. He was to prepare the way of the Lord. John, being led by the Spirit of God, understood that Jesus was to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.
John’s calling was to prepare the way as Jesus began His work. It makes me think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem (Matt. 21:8–9). Many were there to shout, “Hosanna!” They prepared the way for Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem to do His very best work—to give Himself for our salvation.
Second Timothy 1:9 says, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”
It’s interesting that this verse says that we are called to be holy for His purpose. What a wonderfully encouraging verse! What is that holy life He has called us to? What is it we get out of bed for every morning? What do we live to do?
Notice: Take time to notice how God has gifted you, how you have been educated, the experiences you have had, and the burdens He has placed on your heart. It is possible that your calling brings together these things. Try to write one sentence that describes what you believe is God’s purpose for your life. How does it point others to Christ? In what ways do you sense God calling you to leadership? Consider joining us for a four-week online course, A Sense of Call to Leadership.
Pray: Each time you look in a mirror today, ask God to show you how He wants you to grow as a Christian leader. Ask Him to clarify the purpose He has for you and how you can better serve those you come into contact with today.