Daily Devotion on John 1:6-8, 19-28

Devotion Text: John 1:6-8, 19-28

Look around at the hustle and bustle of this world, especially during the “Christmas Season.” From one thing to another, this world flocks and scurries–to fads, to celebrities, to self-help gurus and to new philosophies. In a culture that preaches individualism above all else, the unbelievers of this world are collectively following one another right down the path to hell.

And then there was John.

As the world flocked and scurried around John the Baptist, he stood out–not because he was attractive to this world, quite the opposite. John stood out among this world’s fads and philosophies because his teaching had weight and power from the Holy Spirit.

When a group of Jewish leaders found out about John, they knew he was different. Was he the promised Messiah? Was he Elijah resurrected from the dead, or another prophet? As a faithful witness, John could not let them think he was more important than he actually was. Instead, he pointed to Christ.

John’s entire purpose in life was to point to Jesus. He has been called the forerunner–the picture of a king’s servant who goes ahead of the king and prepares the way for him, letting everyone know the king is near; prepare!

This Advent, ask yourself who is preparing the world for Christ’s second coming? Who are the people in your life who stand out from the hustle and bustle and stand firm, pointing always to Christ? Give thanks for them this Christmas and pray that the Holy Spirit makes each of us a little more “different” that we may all be forerunners for Christ’s return.

Prayer: Christ Jesus, I long for your return. This evil world is full of snares and pitfalls. Even the blessings around me have been corrupted by my own sinfulness. I eagerly wait the day that you will gather us home. Until that day, Lord, bless all those whom you have entrusted to keep your people in the one true faith. As I prepare for your coming, let me be an instrument of your peace to others as well. Amen.

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on December 9, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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