KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 3:15 “And Jesus answering said unto him, suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him”.
Our key scripture tells us our Lord Jesus’ answer to John who resisted him from he (John) baptizing Him because Jesus was greater. The issue at stake is not what honourable, dignifying or so is called acceptable. It is what is right in God’s eyes. Jesus said suffer it to be so. That word suffer, means to allow or permit. It is also means to endure. Although it may not be pleasant, that is what God has ordained for that particular time. To successfully relate with God, we have to endure, allow or suffer certain things (2nd Timothy 2:3) The Lord .said allow it for “now”. What is God asking you to do “now”?
In God’s dealings timing is very important. In the Greek language there are different words for time. I would look at two of them.
Chronos is the normal flow of time as it come to pass. Kairos is God’s designated time for a particular event. It is called the opportune time or the appointed time. Such a time must not be missed.
Many people out of insensitivity miss their Kairos moments. Our Lord was an extremely sensitive man. He said he came to do the will of God (Hebrews 10:7). Doing God’s will in the allotted moments is your Kairos or opportune moments.
The proceeding verse says “And Jesus when he was baptized went up straight way out of the water and Lo the heavens were opened, and He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Him. And lo a voice from heaven saying, this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased”. Oh what an encounter. What would have happened if he had yielded to the fleshly pleas of John the Baptist?
What divine blessing you have missed by deciding to yield to what the flesh is saying, and not to what the Spirit wants. What would Joseph had become if he had yielded to the pleas of Potiphar’s wife and had not been quick to yield to the Spirit (Genesis 39:7–15). From today decide to be in step with the Spirit. Know that humility always precedes honour. Obedience turns God to your favor.
Humility is placing God’s word or interest first. Every instruction of God that appears humanly degrading is in fact a door to a glorious state. Go through that door.
The instructions of God are not grievous. Since it always comes with glory hidden within. I always readily yield to what the Lord says with joy for I know it has a blessed end.
Hebrews 12:2″ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
John 12:26 ” If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour”.