65 Awe fell upon the whole neighborhood, and the news of what had happened spread throughout the Judean hills. 66 Everyone who heard about it reflected on these events and asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” For the hand of the Lord was surely upon him in a special way. — Luke 1:65-66 NLT
These are the words Luke wrote to describe the reactions of the people on hearing about the birth of John the Baptist. It was a miraculous event that Elizabeth should give birth at such a late age in life. They were also in wonder that Zechariah would allow his son to be named John since no one in the family had ever been named that. In those days, the carrying on of traditional family names was extremely important. Because of these two things, they knew that God was involved in a special way and that John must have a special purpose to fulfill. Once Zechariah was able to speak again, he prophesied about what that purpose is (vv 67-79).
In its own way, every birth is a miracle and every child has a special purpose in life. God has a plan for every life and every one has been given a particular gift to accomplish that purpose. Not all of us will be involved in what we call “full-time” ministries, but all of us are involved in full time witnessing for the Lord. Every word and every action reflects positively or negatively on the Kingdom of God. What is our lifestyle today telling people about Jesus and His Kingdom? If someone observed us for a month, what do you think they would say about what we think is important? Does our attitude and our demeanor tell others that we live in fear or that we have faith in a God who can and does do the impossible?
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. — Isaiah 41:10 NLT
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous