As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16, 17 NIV)
I wonder how many people consider that verse and realize the impact of that statement in their own lives. As soon as Jesus comes out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord descends on him and God voices his pleasure.
Why? Because Jesus was fulfilling righteousness. This was the very first step in his work toward becoming the Master of life in a public sense. And he does it with great humility and submission. What a great way to start off a ministry!
It’s a lesson ministers and preachers could learn.
Instead of focusing on seminary, graduation, degrees speaking abilities, and the “right church”, perhaps we ought to focus on the humility needed to go into “the ministry”. If so, I wonder if God’s Spirit would rest on us more frequently.
I recently saw this firsthand on a trip to Burma (Myanmar). While teaching a discipleship conference in a remote part of the country to Bible students preparing for mission work, I noticed a very humble young woman. There was something very special about the way she moved and reacted; a mysterious spiritual quality that surpassed so many of the others, not that any of them were a prideful bunch.
I later asked my Burmese contact about her. He told me how she was perhaps the most spiritual person he has ever met. He described the difficulties she had undergone..and the countless hours of meditation and prayer she spent at the feet of the Master. And how she had completely dedicated her life to the ministry of her people in some of the most remote and dangerous places on the planet He said she was the most humble person he knew. I could definitely see the Spirit of God resting on her. Perhaps it was the same thing that took place with Jesus when he arose from the water.
Without humility it is impossible to please the Master. He gives grace to the humble, but nothing to the proud.
Jesus Christ and a simple peasant girl from a dusty town in Burma. What could they have in common? Apparently quite a bit. Jesus showed himself to be the Son of God.
She showed herself to be a true daughter of God.