John the Baptist

John the Baptist is one of the most interesting men of Jesus’ era.  He was both a prophet and reformer.  He baptised people in the Jordan and among those who followed him were ordinary people, lawyers, leaders and soldiers.  He had a message for each one.  Follow God and get rid of your sin.  John would be considered today a radical and conservative.  He called sin what it was and those who participated in it what they were.  Today when people commit adultery, they are having an affair.  A gossip is a person who relays information.  A fornicator is someone who is living with another.  Sin is sin no matter what new handle you put on it.  John also was not afraid to speak to the leaders of his time period.  He spoke against Herod who had committed adultery.  This courage would eventually cost him his life.  The path of righteousness is not an easy one but so mecessary.  Solomon wrote in Prov 14:34, "Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.  We need the courage to speak our convictions without compromise or fear.  We need to call sin for what it is.  We also have to practice a life of righteousness.  John is a role model and let his example speak over the ages to this generation.  Let us shine as lights in a dark world for God’s glory.  Your promises today are:  Joshua 24:15, Prov 3:5-6, 14:34, Zech 4:6, James 4:7, 1 John 4:7-8.  Your Insightful Sayings are:  Be aware of the time you live, be aware of who you serve, be aware of those you are called to minister too.  Are you ready for eternity?  You are aware that we are called not to judge but it is alright to be a fruit inspector.