“He was the burning and shining lamp and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light”(John 5:35)
There is an important purpose behind God’s calling and choosing His servants. God will lift them when they obey the call and act according to His will. God’s call for me is to write books and He counselled me for this.
God chose Father Berchmans for writing and singing Spiritual songs. God separated and strengthened Bro. Mohan C Lazarus to carry out the Prayer Ministry with tears. He filled Bro. D G S Dhinakaran with the Spirit of compassion and called him to reveal His love to the people.
God gave a call to John the Baptist. He should be a burning bright light. He had to baptise people in multitude and prepare the way for the Lord. He was steadfast in his call. All those who came to him wept and asked: “What we have to do to get nearer to God, how to receive holiness and what should be done to clear our shortcomings?”
God used him mightily so that every heart was made to realise. He never crossed his boundary and did things with self-reliance. He did not prophesise just because many were prophesising. In the whole of the Scripture, nowhere you can find John doing a miracle. He hid within God in the wilderness. He ate locusts and wild honey. He was clothed with camel’s hair. He fully protected himself by staying within the will of God always.
God witnessed about his shining life saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist” (Mathew 11:11). You will also be a burning bright light when you also firmly stand on His call to you.
Today, we find two types of people. One group is the one which arises and shines for God with zeal. The other is the one which rejoices in the call. John the Baptist was a burning bright light. The children of Israel intended to rejoice in his light for some time. The game of football is played with eleven players. But the game is watched by lakhs of people both in the ground and through Television. They are the spectators.
Do you want to rise and shine? Make your call and choosing to be firm. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1, 2).
To meditate: “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).