READ : Luke 1:67-80
Here is another illustration of the fact that when we are filled with the Spirit we are able to speak with spiritual power. Pray constantly to be filled with the Spirit. We can do nothing in our own strength. Our words for good will be effective only when we are emptied of self and filled with the Spirit. That is what God wants for you. Is that what you want?
Zechariah gives God all the glory. He recounts what God has done for His people. Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. Zechariah speaks of the deliverance provided by God and then states what the result should be. “That we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear” (v. 74). The HeidelbergCatechism, a document which comes out of the Reformation, patterns itself after the book of Romans. It first speaks of guilt, then of grace, then of gratitude; or, in other words, first of sin, then of salvation, then of service. We are saved to serve God by serving our fellow human beings. Is that the way you look at life?
Zechariah then addresses his infant son. He spells out his son’s future task. It will be “to give knowledge of salvation” (v. 77). John had a unique role to play but Jesus Himself says that those of us in the New Testament church have a greater role than John. We know the full story of Christ. Go tell the world!
Father, help us to be faithful servants. For Christ. Amen.