Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
John saw his place below Jesus, and he saw his own unworthiness. But he was still part of God’s plan. He was called to baptize, and he would therefore baptize Jesus, that He might be glorified. John’s life wasn’t easy, and he certainly had hardships and struggles, eventually ending up in prison and being beheaded there, but he was still amazingly blessed in his life because he was obedient to what the Lord had asked of him. He allowed himself to be used in the special way God would have him to, and Jesus Himself praised him for that.
John had his place of service, and he obeyed in it, which gave glory to God, and so his purpose was fulfilled. It works the same way in our lives, as well. When we serve God in our place and obey Him, it brings glory to Him, and His purposes are fulfilled through us. And God has created each of us for unique and special purposes in His overall plan for life on this Earth. And not only does He equip and enable each of us in those unique plans, but He allows us the opportunity to choose to obey or not. And when we choose to obey, we can truly say that we’ve been blessed, even if we wind up in prison, because it is such a joy to serve Him faithfully.
No matter our unworthiness, God chooses to use us. And if we get too caught up in saying that we can’t or that God shouldn’t have chosen us, then He will use someone else, because His will will be done and His plans will go forward with or without us. Imagine if Mary had said no when Gabriel came and told her she would bear the Christ child. Jesus would still have come to this Earth and lived His life and died on the cross for our sins, but Mary would have missed out on such an amazing experience. Certainly she had much heartache and trouble in her life because of her role in Jesus’ life, but she was so blessed despite it all.
We all have the option to choose obedience or disobedience. We can all say yes or no to God. We can focus too much on what we aren’t or what we don’t have or how unworthy we are. But in the end, God’s plans will go forward, and we will miss out on amazing opportunities and blessings if we say no and if we disobey. Saying yes might bring trouble. Obeying might lead us into something we’d rather not face. But pleasing God and doing His will is its own reward, and ultimately we will be blessed for doing what He would have us to do, what He created us to do.