Zechariah and Elizabeth’s naming of their son as “John,” meaning “God has been gracious,” seemed strange to neighbors and relatives because no one in the family had had that name. The seemingly mysterious naming of this child alerted the crowd that there was something unique and special about him, but no one knew what that unique and special thing was. A look at the way this child whom we have come to know as John the Baptist lived his life ushers us into God’s purpose for his life. He came to prepare people to receive Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Are we living out God’s purpose? In this journey called “life,” indeed, many discover God’s purpose for their lives. They discover what God meant for them to be and do in the world. In fact, as young children, we may have been pushed to discover and articulate God’s purpose for our lives when we were asked, “What will you be when you grow up?”
Like John the Baptist who spent his life preparing people to receive the Lord Jesus Christ, we too are called to live out God’s purpose for our lives in the exercise of our vocations as parent, teacher, nurse, plumber, electrician, pastor, musician, accountant, police officer, etc.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to live out the purpose for which you have placed me in this world. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Stéphane Kalonji, Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Bern, NC.