“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. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
I cannot imagine how amazingly powerful it must have been the day that Zechariah received the news that John The Baptist was conceived in his once perceived, barren wife Elizabeth’s womb. Of course he must have felt a little confused as to why God would wait until later in life for them to bear children. He probably questioned if he had heard God wrong. I’m sure he was a little weirded out to say the least. No matter how Zechariah felt, the truth is, John was to be born and not only that, he was to be born extremely special. He was to be a promised prophet who would be born with The Holy Spirit inside of him.
I know as parents, we all think that our child is amazing. We all look at our children with rose-colored glasses, but the truth is, there has not been another child born like John. John had the Holy Spirit even from birth. All of us, must surrender to Christ before we receive His Spirit. Even Jesus said, “Of those born of women, there has never been one greater than John The Baptist.” That’s not too bad when The King of Kings, Jesus says that about you.
I just can’t help but think how Zechariah and Elizabeth must have felt awaiting John’s arrival and also daily raising him. I mean, they had received news from Heaven that their son wasn’t just to be the apple of their eye, he was also highly favored in glory. He was to carry a calling that wouldn’t always be accepted, would be regarded as strange and weird to many, and would eventually, cost him his life. How do you process this as a mother? As a father?
I think about my own children. As I watch them grow up in Christ, I’m humbled by their faith. My Sara’s diligence to studying the Word is beyond my level of discipline. My Elijah’s prayer life is powerful. He speaks to God like He’s actually in the room, like we all should. Yesterday, I had an encounter with God where I believe I heard Him say, “I’ve trusted them with you. Guard what I have deposited.” I can honestly say, I wept.
You see, it’s one thing to know you have a mission set forth by God. It is one thing to know that you have received the ministry of reconciliation. We all have. It’s one thing to be obedient to what God is calling you to do. But, to be responsible to do everything in your power to protect the calling that your children have received, now that takes a whole new level of obedience. To me, that takes a lot more glass house living. That takes a lot more casting your cares on the Lord. That takes a lot more trusting God for everything. That takes a lot more prayer, study, serving and devotion. Keeping the Holy Spirit’s fire stoked in your household because you are focused on watching your children take their rightful place at the table, is a zillion times more exciting to me than a lifetime of best sellers.
Our children all have a calling. God has a plan for all of their lives. God has plans to prosper them, not to harm them, plans to give them hope and a future. And, then they will see that their children have a calling. Luke 1:50 says, “His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation.”
Yes, as a mother, it is my utmost privilege to guard the deposit that God has made on the inside of them. I am so grateful to God for this. As the words of Elizabeth spoke, “The Lord has done this for me.” Luke 1:25
There’s nothing better than being a mom.