God does not arrive unannounced. As Isaiah announced John the Baptist, and John announced Jesus - the task of God's people today is to prepare a rebellious world for the arrival of its King.
Repentance and confession are the keys to change, for people who do not get everything right.
John was not a pretty sight and his eating habits left something to be desired.
It is worth remembering that we cannot do everything. The perfectionist or obsessive worker may be an asset to the business, but can be a menace in the Kingdom of God.
Love is still the most prized commodity on earth. Some say that God loves everyone, so everything is all right - but is it?
God does many things that are strange to our way of thinking.
It never feels good to be sidelined - I am sure that John was not wildly happy to be thrown into jail.
Most non-Christians think (if they think about it at all) that if God were to call anyone, He would obviously call a holy person doing holy things. Not so!
The Christian life inevitably includes a call away from the past.
Jesus always went first to the places where people expected to hear God. In the synagogue the rabbis said that the law of God was right - but even the most religious found it impossible to keep.
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