John the Baptist is a very noble man. In fact Jesus once said that he was the greatest of every man ever born on earth (Luke 7: 28)– in terms of introducing and preparing Jesus’ way and ministry in the world. I believe John is the right man to perform this job, for he is blunt, bold, has very strict self-discipline yet humble and submissive to the will of God.
Before Jesus started His ministry, John had already started his. Lots of people came to him not only to be baptized but also to ask for his wisdom. “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. Even the tax collectors and soldiers lowered themselves asking for John’s hints (Luke 3: 10-14). However, despite the honored position he had got, he did not forget his mission. “He must become greater; I must become less.”(John 3: 30).
As he heard about Jesus and what the great things He had done, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was The One they expected to come. He was not drunk by the fame he got and tried to maintain the high position he had in front of the public. He said he was not even worthy to carry Jesus’ sandals. (Mat 3: 11)
May we never seek our own honor in any ministries or religious responsibilities we do. Instead, we lift Jesus, our Savior, high on our mind and through our deeds. Jesus said, “Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” (John 7:18).
By Desire Litaay.