02-18-07

John the Baptist’s call in life was to get people ready.  He was supposed to get people ready for the Messiah.  He was supposed to get people ready for the kingdom.  He was supposed to get people ready for God’s work in their lives.  A part of John’s message dealt with the assumptions that people brought when they showed up at his meetings.  He said, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones” (Luke 3:8 NKJV).
The Jews certainly have a proud heritage.  They are the people through whom God chose to reveal His plans for the world.  They are the people from whom the Savior of the world would come.  They are a people with a rich heritage of godly men and women who trusted in God.  But part of John’s message was to shake them loose a little from their heritage.  They needed to be careful they didn’t just rest in the fact that they were descended from Abraham, they needed to have the faith of Abraham.

We have also been blessed with a good heritage.  I live in America, a land that still allows freedom of worship. I go to a pretty decent little church.  I think the pastor even seems to be an okay guy.  But I need to be careful that like the Jews that John was talking to, I don’t rest on my heritage.  God doesn’t just want to work in the lives of people around me; God wants to work in my life.  He doesn’t just want to be the “God of my fathers”; He wants to be “my God”.  Are you ready for Him to work in your life today?