”John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.” –Matthew 3:4-5 NLT
John Baptist did not fit the religious figure mold of a religious leader. Yet, people came to hear him speak God’s Word. This perked the curiosity of the people. This was very different from the way the temple conducted religious business.
Lives were being changed as the John, resembling one of the Duck Dynasty guys, was being used by the Lord. The message of repentance and faith in the Lord was getting through to the people.
The religious leaders did not promote the Lord’s agenda in bringing the masses to an abiding relationship with the Lord. So God shook the religious system up. He delievered His message through other means. The religous leaders should have known this was coming because the Lord predicted it would happen long before John’s birth. John was God’s new messenger.
God wants to speak to his creation. The message has never changed. He desires to be in relation with His creation. Sometimes, he will employ different people or methods to reach the masses. It can be a breath of fresh air to know God is creative in all life aspects. God will use any willing surrendered person to deliver His message.
We don’t have recieve permission to deliever God’s Word from our church/denominational hieachy or go to seminary/bible college. Believers already have the Lord’s permission to deliever His Word. The Great Comission is our permission from the Lord:
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” –Mark 16:15 NLT
Many will not listen about an abiding relationship with Jesus from other people. Yet, the Lord designed you and me to be a messenger. A surrendered life and empowered by the Spirit of the Lord can bring the message to anyone and in any creative manner.