13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.
14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
Jesus went to the river Jordan to be baptised by John, but John felt like Jesus should have been baptising him instead. He felt perplexed as to why Jesus was coming him to be baptised.
Jesus told him:
“It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.”
It was the will of God for John to baptise Jesus and not the other way around. Sometimes we may find ourselves in situations where we are required to do things that we feel unqualified or inexperienced to do. We feel that someone of greater experience or qualification should be doing it.
John was not the only one who felt they were not worthy enough to do what God had asked them. He was one of many great leaders in the bible.
Take Moses for example:
At first, Moses didn’t feel like he was the man for the job either.
9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them.
10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
Yet again Moses asked, who am I?
We do exactly the same thing, who am I do to x, y ,z?
I am not smart enough…
I am not strong enough…
I am not rich enough…
I am not good enough…
We need to remember that if it is the will of God for us to do something then He has already qualified us to do it.
2 Corinthians 3:5:
‘’It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.’’
If God feels that you are the right person for the job then you are, regardless of your status/position/qualifications.
A lot of the time if not all the time, the things that we are called to do are far greater than us and we can’t imagine ourselves doing them.
Our number one mistake is looking to ourselves. We need to look beyond ourselves and come to the realisation that God has already placed in us everything we need to execute the tasks he has set out for us.
Let us not forget the nature of our heavenly father. He won’t just leave us to figure it out all alone, just as he said to Moses:
God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”
We can be comforted by the fact that God will be with us every step of the way.
So let us continue to pray for the boldness and courage to accept the challenges God has placed before us.
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For
the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Written by Bernie x