THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONAL
Matthew 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
This was spoken by John the Baptist, the one called of God to herald the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. John knew his job had its limitations, and he knew the purpose of Jesus would know no limits.
Being baptized with the Holy Spirit often feels like “fire” – because that kind of baptism is profoundly life-changing. It is a full submersion, a full immersion, in God’s presence, blessing, and purpose. Some people are reluctant to dive in completely; others know they have nothing to lose – they trust enough to freefall, if you will, into God’s kind of baptism.
The thing is, by God’s grace, we are given opportunity after opportunity to become more and more immersed in God – in Love – in the Way, the Truth, and the Life. God, being infinite, always has more for us: more life, more love, more of a message of Good News to share in more ways with more of creation. May the baptism of Jesus the Christ by the Holy Spirit and fire, be what we all seek and ask for. God will not disappoint; and the results will be immeasurably wonderful!
Pastor Lisa Bosworth