Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”
But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
John is the fulfillment of the Isaiah 40:3 prophecy of a voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord.
Yet, John felt unworthy and unqualified to baptize the Messiah. He felt it should be the other way around and the Messiah should baptize him.
But that doesn’t fulfill God’s righteousness.
If God calls you to ministry then you need to fulfill that ministry.
God will equip you with what you need to move forward.
John was equipped to baptize Jesus because he had baptized many others during that time.
I remember a pastor telling me he believed God called me to preach. I thought he was crazy and, yet, here I am a preacher/pastor/teacher.
For years I fought being called “pastor”. I just wanted you to call me Tim.
But I don’t mind Pastor Tim anymore, although I do not like “reverend” at all.
We must all accept the calling in our lives to fulfill God’s purpose for us through Him.
Rom 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
1 Cor 7:20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
Eph 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called
2 Thess 1:11-12 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ