Are You a Key Piece?

pieceMark 1:2-8 (NIV)

as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
    who will prepare your way”[a]
“a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”[b]

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentancefor the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with[c] water, but he will baptize you with[d] the Holy Spirit.” 


Throughout history, John has been a common name. A “normal” person- not divine. In Biblical history, John was a messenger. He was someone like us. He was merely another human, yet the prophet Isaiah predicted him. He was a key piece in the Great Author’s plan.

It can be very easy to be overcome by the whisperings of satan that we’re not enough, that we don’t matter, or that God couldn’t possibly want little ol’ us to be a part of His divine plan.

BUT, you know what?

Through Christ, we are enough. Because God loves us, we do matter, and because we are His creation, His children, and His beloved,  He DOES want us to be a part of His divine plan. John, though prophesied and integral in God’s plan, recognized his status when it came to The Lord. He knew he wasn’t worthy to stoop down and untie Jesus’ sandal straps. He also knew, though, that God loved him and had a purpose for him. He wasn’t prideful, but he also wasn’t self-destructive. He had confidence in knowing that He was God’s for His will, and that God loved him.

Are you willing to let the Author make you a key piece? It’s not always easy, or pretty… or painless. It’s not a luxurious path, but the final destination will be out of this world. 

Is God asking something of you now?


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