Choices and Consequences

July 8, 2021

27-29 John answered, “A person can’t succeed—I’m talking about eternal success—without heaven’s help. You yourselves were there when I made it public that I was not the Messiah, but simply the one sent ahead of him to get things ready. The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom. And the bridegroom’s friend, his ‘best man’—that’s me—in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy. How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start?

29-30 “That’s why my cup is running over. This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

31-33 “The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God. The earthborn is earthbound and speaks earth language; the heaven-born is in a league of his own. He sets out the evidence of what he saw and heard in heaven. Of course, no one wants to deal with these facts. But anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth.

34-36 “The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.” -John 3:27-36 The Message

Continuing from yesterday’s blog, the conversation between John and his disciples carries on into verse 27:

  1. John answered the disciples’ judgment about Jesus baptizing others.
  2. He goes into the bride and bridegroom.
  3. John told the disciples, “it’s not possible for a person to succeed. I’m talking about eternal success without heaven’s help.

John reminded the disciples that Jesus called John to baptize. Just because Jesus started his ministry doesn’t mean I stop baptizing. Again, pointing towards Jesus, and not about our success over who is better or getting more to baptize. In verse 30, John mentions that he must become greater; I must become less. John shows the importance of decreasing humility. Pastors and Christian leaders can get carried away with bragging about the success of their ministry instead of giving all the glory to Christ. Unfortunately, I see it now than I have before. Watch for those Christian leaders and Pastors that emphasize success and achievements than on God’s kingdom. (Ministry)

The one thing we all know is when Jesus speaks; it is authentic. Jesus came from heaven, so he has a testimony about his experience. If you can’t answer, who Jesus Christ is, then it worth 15 minutes a day to learn about Jesus Christ. If you accept Jesus as your teacher or prophet, that is fantastic news. Jesus is open for anybody to believe in him and join him in his ministry. Jesus may have you starting your ministry and letting people know about him. Just like a job, you have to know the ends and out of that job. Salespeople have to know the products. With Jesus, this is no different. You have to know Jesus to spread the good news about him. Specific jobs have qualifications, but with Jesus, you always get approved!

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. God’s Spirit can talk to anybody, but Jesus was the highest revelation of God to humanity. He spoke to Isaiah in visions in Isaiah chapter 6. Jesus did it to Jacob in a dream in Genesis chapter 28:10-22. He did to Abraham and Moses in Genesis 18 and Exodus 31:18 personally. Overall, John has done everything to demonstrate Jesus is the true Son of God. He reminded his disciples that it is not about popularity but about getting people to follow Jesus. Joshua 24:15 reminds us that it is up to you to decide if you will obey, and it is up to you if you choose him in your life in Deuteronomy 30:15-20. God’s wrath comes when people reject him, don’t believe in him. It is terrible consequences for those that don’t want to be involved. You follow and obey; you will be rebirth to a whole different way of living.

Father, I pray that decisions made are to obey you and remember that success is about you. I pray our success does not blindside our choices but the success you instilled in us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.