Luke 1:80 says, “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.”
I was reading the book of Luke and I came across the verse above. John the Baptist lived and spent time in the wilderness with God in preparation for his ministry which was to prepare the way for Jesus. In Luke 3:23, we also read that Jesus didn’t begin His ministry until He was 30 years old. So I ask,”What was He doing for 30 years?” He was preparing for His ministry. Many times we see the Bible say, “And the Child continued to grow and become strong, being filled with wisdom. And the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:40; 52. He was growing in private.
For everything we do, there’s time for it. A time for training and a time to use that training. Many of us attend college in preparation for a chosen career. Some attend seminary school in preparation for ministry. Soldiers go through severe training in preparation for war or battle. Athletes also go through training in preparation for a competition. How much more is it important for us as Christians to spend quality private time with God daily in our quiet time in preparation for how He is going to use us in public? Jesus didn’t just send His disciples out on the very first day He met them. Rather, He let them follow Him around, watching all that He was doing, teaching them and enlightening them before sending them into the world. Likewise as Christians, when we are saved, we are babies and no parent is going to send his/her baby into war.The child needs to grow first. Spiritual growth, consecration, private training with God is extremely needed before a public appearance.
However, what we see nowadays, is everyone being extremely zealous about sharing God’s word but they never take time to learn and know His word. It becomes a case of babies leading babies and the blind leading the blind and they will all end up in the ditch (Matthew 15:14).
The private training prepares us for the public appearance. What God instills in us in the private becomes manifested in us by His Spirit in public. And even after the public appearance, we never outgrow the private training. They are still mandatory for our growth.
Jesus shows us an example of this in Luke 5:15-16, “But the news about him spread even more, and large crowds would come together to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. Yet he often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.
Never get carried away by the public and praises. If an athlete gets too engross in the praise and stops the private training, he/she will be out of shape and soon the same people who praise you will shame you. Same, your private time with God is essential to keep the Spirit, anointing and love burning. Don’t take it for granted.
P.S. Most training ain’t fun. You gotta be intentional. And may the good Lord grant you the grace and strength to abide in Him. For He who began a good work in you will certainly complete it. Amen.