~by Elizabeth Lapp
“And her neighbors and her cousins...rejoiced with her.” Luke 1:58
Zacharias and Elizabeth became the parents of John the Baptist when they were very old. Their friends rejoiced with them over his miraculous birth. Of his childhood, the Bible says, “the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel.” (Luke 1:80). John's parents knew he was a special child with a unique calling, but they did not realize how he would live and die.
Parents want their children to do things that are socially acceptable. They want to brag about their children's accomplishments. Will you imagine with me the things Elizabeth had to tell about her son? “I haven't seen John recently. What is he doing?”
“Well, he moved to the wilderness. He's been preaching out against sin to everyone he meets. He wears odd clothing and is on a very abnormal diet.”
“He's in prison. He offended King Herod by telling him he was wrong to have his brother's wife, and the King locked him up.”
“John was beheaded in prison. Queen Herodias was furious that John condemned her actions, and wanted to be rid of him. Perhaps she felt guilty because she knew the truth of what he said. Anyway, on the king's birthday he offered anything to Herodias' daughter. Herodias convinced her to ask for the head of John the Baptist.”
This hardly sounds like a “socially acceptable” life! How will you respond if God calls your child to be a missionary in the wilderness instead of your plan of a wealthy surgeon?
Dorie Van Stone told her father, “God called me to be a missionary to New Guinea to tell others about Jesus.”
He said, “If that is what you plan to do, from this moment on you are not my daughter. I never want to see you again.”
How will you respond?