Conceived with God’s purpose in mind…

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Luke 1: 76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;  for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, 77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. 78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel. 

This passage records Zechariah prophesying about his son John, who would ultimately become known to history as John the Baptist. He was the forerunner of Jesus, a spiritual mentor and partner in ministry. I love the clarity of this vision for John’s life. There is promise and power in this description. John would be called, “the prophet of the Most High”.

The promise of scripture is that God creates people with a dream for their lives. For your life. For my life. We are created with purpose, to give glory to God and to serve his purposes. Each of us will live this out differently, but the purpose remains consistent.

I’m wondering how I’m doing living into God’s dream for me. My temptation is to see all the places where I’m coming up short, where I’m failing to live up to God’s standard. But there are good things too. No one will call me “the prophet of the Most High”, but that’s okay. I don’t need recognition from people, but from God. And I want to do better.

Heavenly Father, you are a marvelous God full of power and might. You create people with purpose, with “plans” as is written in Jeremiah 29:11. Give us grace to live into the dream you had for us when we were conceived. Help us to remove the obstacles that get in our way. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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