In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. Luke 3:1-2
Aren’t you intrigued with the verse above? Luke enumerates who were sitting at government positions. He cites rulers and governors. He states their positions and area of authority. He also cites church leaders. He cites the high priests of the land. Luke was talking about who were big-shots in the society. Yet, Luke ends verse 2 with – the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. The word of God did not go to someone who is sitting in public office. The word of God did not go to the sacred seat of the church hierarchy. The word of God went to someone who is sitting in the desert. The word of Life came to a lifeless place.
Here is my disclaimer: I am not saying God’s word will not go to political heads or church leaders. What I am pointing out is the word of God may come to anybody else, does not discriminate by position in society. God does not look at your position in church or work. Jesus can and will bless and utilize someone for His work. God does not look if you have power or authority over somebody in order to bring His message to your heart. He has that power and authority. And no matter how lowly or unqualified you maybe, His word may come to you. If you think you are in a lifeless place, think again. God has shown this many times…
An ordinary teenage lady bearing the Savior of the world.
A carpenter becoming the Messiah’s father.
Fishermen becoming fishers of men.
A tax collector becoming a soul collector.
A prostitute becoming a follower of Christ.
A persecutor of the early church becoming a church builder.
So look around your surroundings. Wherever you may be sitting now, open your hearts to His word. God comes to you. The word of God comes to you. In your own desert.