Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Humility is a challenge. In fact, apart from the Holy Spirit, it is impossible. That’s why Scripture declares that from before his birth, while in his mother’s womb, John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit. I am challenged by the humility of John the Baptizer.
- Humility was modeled by his parents, who were not envious of Mary carrying the Messiah in her womb, but were satisfied and thrilled with the purpose God had chosen for their son.
- Personal Application – Be humble by not comparing your child’s abilities and desires to anyone else. Be satisfied with God’s design of them and His purpose for them.
- John lived his entire life committed to God’s purpose, and was never distracted by the lure of worldly pleasure, treasure, or fame.
- Personal Application – Be humble by staying focused on God’s purpose for your life, and trusting that He will provide everything you need to accomplish His mission. The world has nothing that can supplement what God will give you.
- Even when fame came, John continually pointed to Jesus.
- Personal Application – be humble and never draw attention to yourself or your accomplishments. ALWAYS point to Jesus
John’s life constantly pointed to Jesus. Even when asked by authorities who he was, he pointed to Jesus. Even in the face pf persecution and certain death by beheading, he pointed to Jesus. John was simply and humbly a voice pointing people to Jesus.
John 1:23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
Will you be such a voice?