“I ritually cleanse you through baptism as a mark of turning your life around. But someone is coming after me, someone whose sandals I am not fit to carry, someone who is more powerful than I. He will wash you not in water but in fire and with the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 3:11 (VOICE)
Finding a pair of goggles that don’t leak allow us to see things clearly underwater. The
water stings our eyes without a protective cover, and they itch and burn for hours afterwards.
When John baptized with water, he realized that he could only symbolize what Christ would accomplish. He could see glimpses of what would happen next, but was not privy to the sight until Jesus walked into the water one day for John to baptize Him. When God spoke though those clouds, “this is my Son, with whom I’m well pleased,” the goggles dropped right onto John’s face and he saw clearly what had been told.
Swimming through life without Christ will make our eyes sting and burn. It’s not possible for us to see the dream God has for our lives on our own. We don’t have to wait for goggles to see clearly, we just have to open our eyes. Jesus is here. Now. A simple prayer to ask Him into our lives will clear our vision forever.
Did you just pray that prayer for the first time? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace!
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