Are you sometimes like a weather-vane with faith that is blowing in the wind like a reed?
As women, it can be easy to be swayed this way and that because we have an innate desire to be liked and loved.
If you remember, John the Baptist questioned whether Jesus was the promised Messiah when he was in prison. He had lost hope and wondered if he had placed his trust in something that would not deliver.
Digging Deeper: Luke 7:24-31
Key Verse: And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind? Luke 7:24
I love the perspective that the book of Luke gives of John the Baptist. Even though he had doubted Jesus was the Messiah, as soon as John’s messengers had left, Jesus puts in a good word for him.
Have you ever gone to watch someone just out of curiosity?
Jesus asked the crowd three times, “What did you go out to see?”
John the Baptist was slightly eccentric even for his time.
He was not like a reed that was blowing in the wind. He was secure and stable in his identity in Jesus Christ.
He was not seeking popularity.
His clothing was made out of camel’s hair and his diet consisted of locust and honey.
He did not have a weather-vane type of faith that wavered in the wind like a reed.
His faith was rock solid.
1. Have Weather-Vane Confidence
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Does your faith waver like a blowing reed?
Do you fluctuate according to what people think of you?
As I woman, I struggle with wanting to be liked.
Women tend to struggle with what others think of them and often are caught in the comparison trap.
This causes us to focus on our outward appearance instead of on our hearts.
I am positive that there are more clothing stores for women and makeup isles that are directed more to the needs of women than men.
We even pick up mannerisms from other women who we view as more attractive and popular.
I’m not here to say that there is anything wrong with clothing or makeup. In fact, I enjoy looking put-together.
My point is that as women, we are often insecure and have not found our confidence in Christ to reflect who He intended us to be.
2. Find Your Identity in Christ
I love the example that John the Baptist demonstrated to us. He didn’t blow in all directions like a weather-vane swiveling on its pole.
He pointed to Christ.
He wasn’t concerned with the style of clothes that he chose.
He wasn’t chasing after popularity either.
That doesn’t mean that you will wear a baggy jumper and tie your hair up in a knot.
Instead, be sure to be feminine and beautiful in your choice of clothes, makeup, and hairstyle and also prepare your heart for each day.
Prepare your heart and outward appearance for the day to reflect Jesus.
3. Clothed as Christ Created You
But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold they that are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in the kings’ courts. Luke 7:26
I am not talking about your choice of clothing. Your heart is far more important.
Just as you might pay attention to another woman who is dressed tastefully to reflect Jesus, take a look at John the Baptist’s choice of clothing!
John was living out in the wilderness. That was a rather rugged way of life and might have had something to do with the clothing he wore.
On a deeper level, his clothing reflected Christ.
The camel hair clothing that John wore was not an exotic pair of camel leather shoes or purse but camel hair that was quite itchy and uncomfortable to wear. Jesus said that it symbolized the discomforts and hardships that He would encounter.
John identified with Christ and pointed the way to Jesus.
4. Be a Messenger for Christ
Behold, I send my messenger before thy face. Luke 7:27
That is only a phrase out of verse 27 that stuck out to me. It reminds me that we are to be a messenger for Christ.
Remember the weather-vane?
I know life can be confusing and blow us in different directions. Don’t let it do that to you!
Be a weather-vane that points towards Jesus!
5. Point towards Christ
- In every choice that you make.
- In every thought that you think.
- In each action you take.
- In each word that you utter.
Clothe yourself in the righteousness of Jesus
Be a mirror that reflects Jesus because He radiates from your heart to your face.
There is a world around you that is dying. Too many Christian women are reflecting self instead of Christ.
Point your weather-vane towards God and indicate the direction where others can find Jesus.
Don’t be like a bending reed blowing every-which-way.