The Main Character In This Drama
16-17 But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house — make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God ; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.” 18-20 There was a lot more of this — words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart in them. The Message! But Herod , the ruler, stung by John’s rebuke in the matter of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife , capped his long string of evil deeds with this outrage: He put John in jail.
Read -- Read the passage aloud four times, each time reading it with a different volume.
Think -- These verses tell us about John the Baptist , a torchbearer for the coming of Jesus’ ministry, calling people to repent. Focus first on the words describing “the main character in this drama.” In your life, what would it mean to be a “mere stagehand” where the main character is Jesus? What might be some areas of your life where the Holy Spirit will make a clean sweep, changing you? Now think about John’s responses in the first few verses of the passage, concerning generosity, justice, and honesty.
Pray -- What do you need to repent of in areas where you have failed to be generous, just, and honest in the past week? Invite the Holy Spirit to put everything false “out with the trash to be burned.” Ask God to help you grow in generosity — for example, with your money, time, gifts, passions, energy, and so on. Ask God to help you grow as an advocate for justice — for example, in your neighborhood, in your city, for the poor, for the unborn, for other people in the world, and so on. Ask God to reveal areas of dishonesty or deception in your life. Implore him to give you the grace and courage to live a life of honesty and integrity. LIVE Live generously, justly, and honestly today, as a mere stagehand to the main character in this drama: Jesus.
Our Lectio Divina posting is taken from The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson