Saturday, September 19
Call it out!
Scripture: Daniel 5-6, Psalm 130, Luke 3
10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?”
11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?”
13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.”
14 “What should we do?” asked some soldiers.
John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”
John the Baptist called people to repent, to turn from their sins and to God. And he was specific about what those sins were; different people were to repent of their own sins. He called it out!
- He called the crowds to repent of their selfishness and to share their food and clothes with the poor.
- He called the tax collectors to stop cheating people and collect no more than required.
- He called the soldiers to stop abusing their power, no more extortion or false accusations, and be content with their pay.
- And in the most bold move of all, he called king Herod Antipas to repent of his adultery for marrying his brother’s wife—a move that got him thrown in jail and eventually beheaded.
First, John’s boldness. He was a fearless truth teller no matter the audience. He obeyed God no matter the cost or consequence. He called out sin no matter who the sinner was! I want to be that fearless!
Second, specific repentance. Each of us has our own individual sins (like Herod’s adultery), and groups have group sins (like the tax collectors cheating). When God calls us to repentance, He get specific—He calls it out. What are the sins that I need to repent? What would God call out in me? I will ask Him to call those out in me and then turn from them back to God in a fresh way.
Prayer: Lord, make me bold and fearless as I speak for You. And call out my sin so I can repent and turn to You afresh.