2 August 2005

26th March 2004 entry of Our Daily Bread, by David Roper

Being Useful
21Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,
22and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased."
- Read: Luke 3:21-22
Jesus emerged from obscurity and was baptized by John the Baptist. When He came out of the water, He heard his Father say, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."

What had Jesus been doing that merited such unqualified acceptance? He had not yet performed one miracle; He had not preached a single sermon; He had not cleansed one leper. In fact, He had not done anything that we normally associate with greatness. What had He been doing in Nazareth during those 30 silent years?

He was growing "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men" (Luke 2:52).

What's done in the silent place with God is what matters. It's in the quiet hours of fellowship with God that we're shaped and molded and made into men and women He can use-- people with whom He can be well-pleased.

You might be thinking, I'm in a place where I can't be useful. You may feel limited and frustrated by the cramping restrictions of age, an illness, a difficult child, an uncooperative spouse. But your place, wherever it is, is a place to grow. Spend time in God's Word and in prayer. Grow and bloom where you are, and your Father will be pleased with you.

Fruitful service grows in the soil of faithful worship.

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