Focus on Jesus
Twice our Father singles out three outstanding men of the Old Testament:
Eze 14:14 even though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, by their own righteousness they could only deliver themselves,” declares the Lord GOD.
Eze 14:20 even though Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “they could not deliver either their son or their daughter. They would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.”
Three exceptional men. Men that I could never begin to approach in their righteousness. I thank God that my story has not been written for all to read as was theirs. I note that God gave us a glimpse of the humanity of two of the men. Noah had an unfortunate situation after the flood. Job understandably tried to defend himself. However, I find -0- mistakes with Daniel, the one that our Father keeps tagging with the concept of one who has “insight”. I can’t imagine anyone more righteous that Daniel? Then Jesus points out that John the baptizer was the greatest of them all … and least in the Kingdom of Heaven:
Mat 11:11 “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Perhaps grasping John’s perspective could help some of us move toward his “greatness”:
Jhn 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.
There we have it. Lead people to this Jesus. Make the introduction. Offer the study and the knowledge and the wisdom, and do it in a way that has as little focus on us as possible.
Keep the focus on Jesus.
Ask our Father for the kind of insight that Daniel had. Ask our Father for the humility that Job ended up with. Ask our Father for the long suffering of Noah.
If we ask for those things, I suspect that our Father will grant them, not in a way that we desire, but in a way that gets us there. Those who persevere through that process will be most capable of getting out of the limelight and thus lift up, magnify, and glorify our Father and His glorious Son, Jesus the Christ.