Who was John the Baptist, and why does the Bible say he was the greatest among those born of women?
John the Baptist had the basics – clothes on his back, little things to eat – this helped him focus his life.
His life was a message, just as Hosea’s marriage to the unfaithful prostitute was a message.
Simplicity, conviction, and focus are incredibly attractive – with God’s will, they are irresistible.
We have cheap love today, and sadly, we are far too easily satisfied with that.
The strength of John the Baptist’s simplicity shows us how we can apply certain principles:
1.) Get rid of things that take away from your priority, your first focus in life (John had strength because his life was so focused)
2.) We become losers if we allow things to cloud our vision of God (we permit ourselves, how shameful and unfitting of redeemed children of God and slaves of Christ!, to lose opportunities to glorify God)
3.) There is no such thing as a “great servant.” There is only one great “Master.”
There is only One who can commend us – God.
John the Baptist completed his mission to the fullest.
Simplify your life and be focused on the kingdom.
I am amazed at the power of God’s grace each and every day. And looking back to see how God used John the Baptist is truly amazing. The faithful man bore much fruit because he abided in the vine, loving the Word of God more than his own comfort, his own reputation, and his own life. His humility flowed from his heart into his actions: rebuking the Pharisees and exhorting the people and faithfully living out the life God planned for him. He knew that he needed to decrease, that Jesus Christ would increase and receive all the glory that He deserves.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
“Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
“25 And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’”
You can listen to Pastor John’s message (Evangel Bible Church of Berkeley) here!
Notes for a Sermon on Matthew 3:1-6 (February 4, 2001)
Have a blessed day in the Lord!