Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Mark 1:5
There is a place for you in the body of believers. God has a plan and a purpose for your live in a specific place to make a difference in the lives of others. Maybe it doesn’t feel like it right now or maybe it feels like it is taking a long time to get there, but I promise you that as you remain faithful in the little things He brings your way today, He will move you into greater places tomorrow.
In today’s reading, John the Baptist had a mission and a planned place. Most of us know that He had an important role to play in announcing Jesus’ as the Messiah, but when you take a look at where his place was, it doesn’t seem very significant. He wasn’t put in the spotlight at the synagogue, and he wasn’t invited into the inner city to hold revival meetings. His mission took place in the wilderness. Out in an uncultivated, uninhabited, remote area where nobody lived. John could have been discouraged by the location of his ministry, but he just went ahead and preached until people came. They did come and the scripture says that all the land of Judea and those from Jerusalem went out to him. He never had to go drum up business in the cities, God brought people to him right where he was. John’s ministry grew large, and his followers were many. So much that when Jesus came on the scene, they left John and began to follow Jesus. John’s disciples were among the fist people to follow the Messiah. They got a front row seat even though they started away from everything where there wasn’t a soul in sight.
This is the same for you. Whatever God has called you to or whatever place He has you in right now, He will bring people to you. He will bring just the right people for you to love and encourage and teach about the love God has for them. Even if you only reach one person, the numbers are not what matters. God may have you in a place to reach only one, just because He loves them so much.
Today I want to encourage you to spend some time talking to your heavenly Father about the place He has for you to impact this world. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t start out with a worldwide ministry. Do your best right where you are and be faithful to love the few He has entrusted to you today. If you don’t give up, He will bring more to you to love as you remember you are on mission for the kingdom of Heaven not for you own earthly fame.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 1:1-11
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.”
3 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ”
4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
7 And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.
8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.
11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”