Tuesday, November 16, 2010

People Are Strange

"John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan." Mark 1:4-9

Nothing private in nature ever happens in a small town. Those of you who have lived in a small town know exactly what I am saying. Regardless of whether you associate with someone, in a small town, you know all about their business, and unfortunately, they know yours. Growing up in a small town, I can say definitively that this is because of the lack of other entertainment available. You look for things outside of the 'norm' to entertain you and keep you occupied. This is no different from 2000 years ago.

John the Baptizer was quite the character. No doubt that his choice of style got people's attention. I can hear the people about town whispering, "Camel skins for clothes?! Does he not know that camels are meant for transportation, not for clothes?!" Also, how about a diet made mainly of locusts and honey? However odd this diet seems, it made sense to a man who hardly knew where his next meal was going to come from. Locusts are approximately 60% pure protein, compared to beef and chicken which is only 20%.

No doubt people took notice of John the Baptizer when he came through preaching, paving the way for Jesus. So when Jesus was being baptized by John the Baptizer, people no doubt took notice of that too. I am sure the river banks of the Jordan were lined with people. This makes sense, since God spoke and told everyone, "This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased." The Father was not speaking to Himself, here.

However odd we may find John the Baptizer to be, John made it work for him. John made his business God's business. Nothing else mattered but God's work. So John was a little different, he made it work to his advantage.

Are you making your business God's business? Are your priorities lined up with God's? Let the outside world think what they'd like, get involved in God's business.

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