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Jesus once said ” I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist…” Matthew 11: 11

That would be pretty cool to hear Jesus say that about you, wouldn’t it? I know I would be rather pumped….. So today I was looking at some of the things that made John so great and wondered if we could do the same…. Here’s where I started…..

“And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you withwater, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1: 4-8

Some things I noticed….

John was not afraid to live in the desert: We often feel the most comfortable living in structure. We enjoy a roof over our head, food in the fridge, a set job to go to, and a hospital close by if we get hurt. However, God will call us at times into the exile where things are scary, new, and fluid. While structure is great, we naturally pull closer to the Lord when  we are in the desert. Are we willing to follow Jesus there?

John had his needs met by God: Jesus spoke at another time telling us not to worry about what we would wear or what we would eat. He reminded us that His Father who loves us would provide for us. John is an example of this. His clothes were not the norm. His food was not the norm. But He was provided for! Are we willing to get what God wants to give us for our needs instead of trying to provide for our wants.

John was confident and humble : John said Jesus would be greater than himself. He didn’t say that he (John) was trash or worthless. He said Jesus would be greater!

Then he humbled himself…. “I am not worthy of untying the thongs of His sandals.”

John knew the calling he had and was confident within it. But even though he had the whole Judean countryside and everyone from Jerusalem coming to him, he knew his place. He didn’t need to brag about being used by God, he waited and let Jesus be the one to lift John up. Are we willing to do the same?

John knew he had to do his part, and then Jesus would do His: John knew his baptism was of water (repentance) as well as knowing that Jesus had a more powerful baptism (baptism of the Holy Spirit). That didn’t lead John to sit around and say “Hey, when the Messiah comes, his deal is so much more powerful, let’s just wait on it.” He did his part, led people to repentance and prepared them for what Jesus would do next. God won’t do our part but He will do immeasurably greater things with it.

Those are random thoughts There is so much more about John the Baptist we can learn from. I suggest doing your own study, see what qualities he had that made Jesus say this about him and then share your findings below…. More importantly, will you adopt John’s qualities to follow the Lord?

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