From the very beginning, John the Baptist already knew.
John’s mother, Elizabeth, was a relative of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The two women were pregnant at the same time. The Bible says in Luke 1:41, when the two expectant mothers met, the baby leaped within Elizabeth’s womb as she was filled with the Holy Spirit. John was to become the God-ordained messenger proclaiming the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Life as a Labourer.
Taking the Nazirite vow for life, he personified the term “set apart for God.” John knew he had been given a specific job to do and he set out with singular obedience to fulfill that mission. He didn’t just talk about repentance from sin. He lived with boldness of purpose throughout his uncompromising mission, willing to die a martyr for his stand against sin.
His is faithful, joyful and truly set apart.
John the Baptist did not set out with the goal of being different from everyone else. Although he was remarkably strange, he wasn’t merely aiming at uniqueness. Rather, he targeted all of his efforts toward obedience. Obviously, John hit the mark, as Jesus called him the greatest of men.
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
We can learn a lot from faithful men like John the Baptist.
From John’s life, we see that he was always talking about Jesus. He was pointing the focus back to Him. And when asked about who Jesus was, he didn’t waver in declaring Him as the Son of God. He continually spoke of what was true, and didn’t give himself an opportunity to dwell on the bait for self-pity.
The disposition of our hearts and lives must be to be focused on Jesus, and for others to be directed to Him through everything we do and say. Even if we do things that others will never see, we can know that as we are doing it unto Him, He is being glorified. When we truly see the worth of Jesus Christ and love Him with our whole heart, this won’t be a burden: it will be a delight.
Application will be difficult but fulfilling.
Are we all putting God first? Are we joyful when God is with us? Are we giving our lives to Jesus?