Listen to today’s devo!

And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, . . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. (Luke 1:17)

Recruitment is an essential part of a human resources professional’s job. Before preparing and posting any vacancy announcement, the requesting supervisor must submit to the recruiting department the job description, affectionately referred to as the “JD”. This internal document encompasses relevant information on the company, the job requirements, and the profile of the ideal hire.

Long before Elizabeth conceived John the Baptist, God appointed and prepared him a JD as the predecessor of his Son, Jesus. The divine message communicated about who, what, why, how, as well as the dos and don’ts regarding his earthly ministry. The closing words of his JD were about his special mission: to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17). His ministry consisted of a work of preparation and repentance before the coming of the Son of Man (see Isa. 40:3–5; Mal. 3:1; 4:5). He was the perfect match and carried out his mission accordingly.

The Bible contains JDs for all ministries and teaches us about the requirements and the demands of the Christian life. Moreover, it gives us clear instructions about our duties and our mission on earth. Have you ever wondered about your purpose on earth? Your call? Which ministry is the right fit to help God’s kingdom progress in the world? Like John the Baptist, your JD challenges you to be a predecessor to bring more languishing souls to Jesus.

Fulfill your responsibilities in compliance with your mission on earth.

Handy Calixte is an ordained pastor of L’Église Wesleyenne d’Haïti and likes writing about various biblical topics. He and his wife, Johane, have three children.

© 2021 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.