Wednesday: December 16, 2020
Luke 7: 19-20 and sent them to the Lord to ask him, “Are you the one John said was going to come, or should we expect someone else?” When they came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask if you are the one he said was going to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Who is a messenger? It is an individual or conduit whose sole purpose is to serve as a means for the transmission of communication: whether verbal or written. Therefore, one quality a messenger ought to possess is authencity or originality: the ability to transmit the messages they receive from a source to its recipient without exaggeration or watering down its contents.
On the basis of the above, we can applaud the disciples of John who were sent to Jesus because they asked their question using the exact words John provided, not a single word was left out and not one extra was included. We might see this very differently from the account in scripture when God wanted to correct David through the prophet Nathan(2 Samuel 12). Even though metaphors were used and these were very likely from an experiential point of reference, the content of the Lord’s message to David as communicated by Nathan remained unadulterated, albeit not plainly verbatim.
The place of messengers therefore remains a major issue in the body of Christ since in a number of situations, many begin to wander ‘Did God really speak or was He misheard?’ Beloved, the concern here lies not with the perfect word of God, but with the vessels through whom the messages are transmitted: vessels of clay. A message or an image received can thus become distorted, misinterpreted and subsequently, miscommunicated.
While that does not just mean the message was incorrect or the recipient not called by God, it however does suggest that there is room for growth. Here is something about maturing to become better vessels that transmit messages as received: we ought to bear in mind that our ‘gifts’ of perception into spiritual things do not grow, it is ‘us’ who grow in the use of those gifts.
This ought to challenge us to be encouraged and desire to grow since we know where the gaps lie in our role as messengers.