God Does Some Odd Things
by Berni Dymet
Matt. 3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."
God does some odd things sometimes. Take John the Baptist; a voice crying out in the wilderness; a man whom God chose and sent out to prepare the way of the Lord.
Now by any measure John was a misfit. He wore camel's hair and ate locusts and honey. He didn't go to a Bible college or have his credentials stamped by the religious hierarchy.
No, he was a voice crying out in the wilderness with a message that was so unpopular. "Repent" in other words turn away from your sin - "because the kingdom of God is near". And He baptized the people that flocked to him and told them - "Sure, I'm baptizing you with water but one much more powerful than me is coming - and He'll baptize you with the Sprit and with fire."
Now if you or I had been God - would we have chosen a misfit like John to prepare the way for our Son - Jesus? Would we?
But then God so often chooses people who don't look much on the outside - to do His most important works.
People like - well, people like you and me.
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