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Faithful Stewards of our Divine Assignments

Tetteh-Annor Larbi | January 31, 2024 | John 1:29-34



And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ John 1:33 (NIV)


MESSAGE: In our key verse for today, John the Baptist speaks of the divine commission he received to baptize with water. He emphasizes that his baptism serves a greater purpose — to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. John humbly acknowledges that he did not initially recognize Jesus as the Christ, but he was obedient to the one who sent him, faithfully carrying out his mission and assignment to pave the path for the Saviour.


John's testimony highlights the importance of obedience to the divine call and faithfully executing our divine mandates according to the specifications we received from the one who called us. Like John, we are called to be faithful stewards of the tasks entrusted to us by God. Whether it is sharing the Gospel, serving others, or simply living out our faith in our daily lives, we are called to heed the voice of the One who sends us and carries out His will with diligence and humility.


Furthermore, John points to the pivotal role of the Holy Spirit in recognizing and affirming Jesus' identity. It is the Spirit who descends upon Jesus like a dove, confirming His divine nature and empowering Him for His earthly ministry. As believers, we are also recipients of the Holy Spirit, who guides us into a deeper understanding of Christ and empowers us to fulfil our callings and deliver on our various assignments with courage and conviction. Let us, therefore, listen attentively to the prompting of the Spirit and faithfully fulfil the tasks to which God has called us, knowing that He who sent us is faithful to equip and empower us for His purposes.


Do you know exactly what God has called you to do? How are you performing on your assignment to fulfil your mandate? Are you being a faithful steward of your divine assignment? Are you following the instructions you received during your divine commissioning? Are you being distracted by following others' assignments? Re-evaluate your mandate and stay on track.


PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to stay in line with the mandate you have given me. May I not get lost in following the trends but help me by your Holy Spirit to diligently follow Christ. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.





DAILY word study: BAPTIZE

The term "baptize" in the Greek text is translated from "βαπτίζω" (baptizō). "βαπτίζω" (baptizō) signifies an action related to immersion or submersion.

In John 1:33, John the Baptist is recounting his experience of baptizing Jesus. The act of baptism here is symbolic, representing purification, repentance, and consecration.

Baptism, in this context, signifies a consecration or setting apart for a divine purpose. It is a public declaration of repentance and the beginning of a new life in alignment with God's will. The act of baptism has connections to ceremonial washings and rituals in the Old Testament, signifying cleansing and consecration

John's baptism foreshadows the Christian sacrament of baptism, where believers publicly declare their faith and commitment to Christ.


How does the symbolic act of baptism, as seen in John's account, influence your understanding of spiritual purification and consecration in your own Christian journey?

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