Saturday, January 18, 2014
"for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born."
(Lucas 1:15 NIV)
Wine was a very common element in jewish culture, and was part of the daily meals. It wasn't a sin to take wine. Even Jesus used to take wine, so it wasn't because it was a sin or not that God made this request for John the Baptist.
In fact, when we are called by God, He asks us to be separated, and to give up on things that the other people can have, but not us. If that would eventually set us apart from the calling or not, I don't know, but I do know that if we obey to His request, and give up on the things He asked us to give up, we actually open the doors to the very thing we've been born to do and to its accomplishment in our lives.
A great calling comes accompanied of a great surrender. John the Baptist was requested to not take wine. Abraham was requested to leave his country and his family. Now, what God is requesting from you? You, who is called by Him, most likely already know what that is. Dare to give up on this, and get launched into the direction of the purpose of your existence, for the Glory of God!
Let this be the year of your life!
(image: http://footsoldiers4christ.com/2012/05/21/the-cost-of-discipleship/, as seen in 18/Jan/2014, 3PM, Brasilia time)