When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
Luke 7:20 NET
John the Baptist had already told his disciples that Jesus was the Messiah. He heard God speak the day he baptised Jesus in the river. So why was he doubting now?
John probably had an idea of what he would be doing for Jesus. He probably imagined himself as one of his staunchest supporters, ministering the Good News right next to Him.
But that was his plan, not God’s.
Instead, John found himself in prison. And with that time, as he found himself isolated, he became discouraged and even questioned if Jesus was “the One.”
Isolation brings discouragement. And although John was a faithful servant, even he experienced it. He was human and prisons will suck the life out of you.
This is a very important lesson for Jesus’ followers! You were never supposed to live in isolation away from God’s people! Don’t put yourself in a spiritual prison!
Believers are supposed to fellowship together, encourage one another, be there for each other. When one is down, the other can help encourage him in the Lord.
Are you surrounding yourself with God’s people? If not, you are putting yourself in a situation where you can easily become discouraged, lose faith and not accomplish what God has for you. You are also putting yourself in a situation where the enemy can easily attack you.
The remedy is easy. Go to church. Attend small group. Read the Word. Pursue Christian fellowship.
Excuses are plenty. But unless you are in a prison cell, you don’t have any good ones! You’re just lazy! And that laziness will cause you to be ineffective for Jesus.
Start now! Start now! Start now!
Don’t let discouragement take root in your life!
Lord, help me to value the communion of the saints. Help me to desire the friendship of my Christian Brothers and Sisters. Help me to reach out and be an encouragement to those who are discouraged.