1. He had a mission! Luke 1:76-77
Zechariah made a prophecy about his son, John. He stated that John would
prepare the way before the Lord…How?
to give KNOWLEDGE of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
We need to keep our mission clear and well defined. Our mission needs to be TEACHING the lost. How much time do we as missionaries spend teaching the lost? Remember, the only thing that slowed John down from teaching was prison!
2. He Went! Luke 3:3
And he WENT into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
John WENT out into the wilderness to teach people. We need to go to the lost people in the world today!
3. Simplicity! Luke 7:24-26
Jesus questioned the crowd.
What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
John was nothing to look at. He didn’t wear nice clothes. He didn’t eat like a king. So, what did they go out to see?
We need to keep our mission work simple. What do we need to do as missionaries to teach the Gospel? How much money does it really cost to go overseas and preach? We can get lost in a host of other “good works” that drown out the simplicity of teaching the Gospel to the people.
4. Time to decrease! John 3:25-30
Jesus was developing a huge following. How did John respond? Did he tell Jesus to get off his turf? Did he remind Jesus he is the big chief that came first?
Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must INCREASE, but I must DECREASE.
Missionaries need to have an exit strategy. I am young, but I know I won’t be a missionary for the rest of my life. There will come a time when I must leave a certain village, leave a country and even leave the mission field all together. We must find joy and fulfillment in the work we are doing, while we are doing it. God will help us know when our time to decrease is. When we decrease, the work will continue on strong!