Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
Matthew 3 : 13 – 15
It’s a question you often read in articles – or see on in-depth televisions interviews: Who inspires you? Running through your minds right now, no doubt, will be several names – some famous, some less so. I often think of a sporting personality, most notably Andy Murray. In the case of the Gold-medal-winning, former Wimbledon and US-Open champion, it’s his ‘heart on the sleeve’ mentality, commitment to excellence and apparent disregard of critics which strike a chord. Despite the moans, groans and the questionable hairstyle, he respects his sport and fellow competitors.
Like me I suspect that you’re drawn to these people by their personality, and very probably by their relatability.
By being baptised by John, Jesus is showing us the way. He’s making himself relatable and is identifying himself with us – that we too can be saved; that we too need God in our lives.
Lord, thank you for the example set by Jesus. Help us be inspired to relate to those around us – never seeing others as less, but instead as all your children.
Spend some time today to think about how people relate to you and how you can inspire others to do good.