The 2nd and 3rd week of Advent are all about John the Baptist, such a unique and interesting character. Although many of us know and love John the Baptist from a lifetime in the church, i would imagine that if we were to run into him in person then most of us would be quite shocked and uncomfortable. Imagine if a loud and uncouth man covered in animal skins came bursting through our church doors on a Sunday morning….imagine that man yelling at us and telling us to “REPENT” as he munched on some bugs and wild honey. I would imagine that most of us would think he was a loon or a madman.
And yet….that is just the kind of person God uses to announce his coming kingdom. John’s mission and vision are razor honed in on two thing….the coming of God’s kingdom and our need to repent. John cant be bought, bullied, or convinced to tone things down a bit. His eyes are squarely focused on God and what his kingdom was doing.
As we move through this Advent Season, I pray we can achieve even a bit of John’s focus and zeal for the coming of Gods kingdom!
As a reminder, Melissa and I will be out of town this coming weekend celebrating our anniversary. Preston will be leading the service this Sunday. Thanks to him for giving me a day off!