Preparation of the Servant of God (Lk.3:21- 4:15)

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”” (Lk.3:21-22)“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert….” (Lk.4:1)

God calls and prepares His servants to carry out His mission in this world. This experience of preparation is more like the authentication of the servant.

Public Declaration

A servant is presented to the world as he publicly declares his allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ at baptism. Here, in the case of Jesus, God verbally authenticated the ministry of His Son as the Savior of the world. God the Father approved Him as His authentic representative and servant to fulfill His mission. It was further evidenced in the resting of the Holy Spirit up on Him in the form of a dove.

We read that He left the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit, empowered for the task. In the life of every servant of God there ought to be this distinguishing factor – the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit, without which his ministry is unproductive and un acceptable to God.

Private Confirmation

After the initiation through the ministry of the Holy Spirit the servant will be exposed to the assault of the evil spirit as he will be led through the desert experience. It is an inevitable part of his training as a true servant of God. This too, is probably an identification mark of his authenticity. No true servant of God walks through the green channel but will always be put through severe checkings and testings of his integrity and commitment.

Jesus could have turned the stones into bread and justified it because it was his most felt need at that point of time. He could have compromised his allegiance to gain the kingdoms of the world. He could have demonstrated the power of God by jumping off the pinnacle of the Temple, instantly being accepted as the Messiah. All these achievements would have been temporary and short lived and would have prevented Him from reaching His God-given goal. His goal was of eternal consequence.

Every motive of the servant of God is tested through (freely given) opportunities to pamper his own self at God’s expense. A little compromise here can give him wealth, power and fame in this world. The choice each time would confirm his integrity and commitment to his call and subsequntly his reward or retribution.

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