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John 1:19-23: Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.”
Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’
Reflection: John must have been tempted to take some credit himself. He was given plenty of opportunities. He didn’t have to claim to be the Messiah, sent from God, he could have just said he was a prophet, after all that would have given him some authority.
But he would have none of it. God had given him the job of preparing the way for the Messiah, and that was what he would focus on.
We can get distracted from the work God has for us to do by just looking around and doing a few extra things. The sidetrack mightn’t involve doing anything wrong. It might even involve doing good. The problem is that it is stopping me from doing the work God has given me to do.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to have John’s determination to focus on the work you have given me. Help me not to get distracted, even by ‘good things’. Amen.
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