KEY SCRIPTURE: John 1:23 KJV “He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”
If you were to be asked, who are you? What would have been your answer? When John the Baptist was asked, who are you? He did not say, I’m John the Baptist. He described himself by what God said about Him. Isaiah 40:3 KJV” The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” John was saying my significance in this life is to do the will of Him that sent me. The Lord said in Heb 10:7 KJV Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God”. It is no wonder, the Lord said, my meat or food is to do the will of Him that sent me. John 4:34.
Now, may I ask you, who are you? Are you a man who is seeking to build a business establishment for himself or for the name of Christ? Would you call yourself, as the man who married with two, four or eight children? John called Himself by what God has said about him. What has God said about you?
John did not just call himself by that scriptural statement but he had committed Himself to live according to that word. John was a huge success. His ministry served countless number of people
Now let’s consider what the Lord said about John the Baptist. Matthew 11:11 KJV “Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”. Why did the Lord make such a statement about John, since John did not work any miracles of healing, divide any red sea?
John, right from childhood committed himself to seeking the face of God. His main task was to prepare the hearts of the people for the coming Lord. This was his sole live engagement and he fully executed it. Now the task of preparing the way for Jesus was a very important task. John the Baptist was so much given to it such that He identified his personality with that mission.
What are you given to? What are you living for? May you respond to the great commission given to the church. Go ye into all the world, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Matt 28:19. This is our commission and be given over to it.
THOUGHT: YOUR TRUE IDENTITY IS WHAT YOU ARE LIVING FOR
John 9:4 ,5 KJV ” I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Matt 5:14 ,16 KJV “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”