Baptized In Obedience

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. Matthew 3:13-16

Could you ever imagine telling Jesus "no?" Now you have probably said no to Jesus at some point, but not exactly like John did. While you can hear the humility in John's statement, "I need to be baptized by you," could it be possible that his humility was prohibiting Jesus from his act of obedience? Could it be that John was more worried about his self-preservation rather than seeing God's mission for his son in this important event? In some ways, you might understand John's response as false humility and prohibitive to Jesus' act of obedience. So today be aware that God may use you to influence others toward obedience and you should not let a false sense of humility, meekness, shame, or insecurity interfere with another's desire to "fulfill righteousness."

DO THIS: Be humble and obedient.

PRAYER: God, may I help others to live obediently today. And may my insecurities not interfere.


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