Coronavirus – Day Seven – Devotion
Stay Calm…Wash Your Hands…Practice Six Feet of Social Distancing…Check on a Friend or Neighbor by Phone…Call Someone to Tell Them That You Love Them…Mail Your Offering into the Chapel…Stay Home…Pray
“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.”
John answered them, “I baptize with water.
Among you stands one whom you do not know,
the one who is coming after me;
I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”
One thing that you can say about the wild honey and locust eating crazy man John, is that from the very beginning he understood that his role was to point everyone in the direction of Jesus. Even before Jesus began his ministry, John was able to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, for we read that even in the womb John gave his Mom a good kick when the pregnant Mary came to visit. John knew that his calling was to deflect the attention from himself and lift up Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah.
The priests and Levites asked him, “Who are you? Are you the Messiah? Are you Elijah? What do you say about yourself?” John the Baptist replied, “Why, I’m the lone voice with the singular purpose of preparing the way for the Anointed One who is coming after me. He is the one worthy of our praise and devotion. Not me…look to Jesus!”
Presbyterian Pastor Jill Duffield says, “We are not called to be John the Baptist, and yet we are called by God to prepare to receive Jesus personally and then to bear witness to him to the ends of the earth once we do.” Pointing away from ourselves and toward God is also our God-given purpose.
One sinister thing about this coronavirus outbreak is that it has made us all feel a bit helpless. There are practical things that we can do, many of which are listed at the top of this devotion, but if you are like me, you feel a bit hopeless when the news tells me that one hundred more Americans died in the last 24 hours from this outbreak. Surely, with news like that we are inspired to do all we can to limit the spread of this disease, but at the same time we must accept our calling to point toward Jesus as our personal hope and the hope of the world.
A Time of Meditation:
In a time of silence listen for the voice of God revealing your God-given purpose. If someone were to ask you, “What do you say about yourself, how would you answer? How are you preparing yourself and others to welcome Jesus during this crisis?
Gracious, merciful, and everlasting God, you alone are worthy. In love you sent Jesus to model your nature and teach us your holy ways. Forgive us when we fail to point toward our Savior. Forgive us when we forget our calling and become less than you intended us to be. Send your Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage and uphold us…for you are our rock and our redeemer. Amen.
In this beautiful song that Tamara shares with you today, Chris Tomlin asks, “Is God Worthy?”
May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…