HOST: Michael Whitworth
Today’s Reading: John 1:19-28
"And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 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.” (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing."
Two things stand out to me about John from this passage: his commitment to his calling and the humility with which he approached his work. John never wavered in his preaching. He endured the hardships and was wholly committed to fulfilling his purpose. He also never allowed the notoriety or success that he experienced to affect his character. He was constantly downplaying his own importance and pointing to the greatness of the coming Christ. What an example! As we approach our Christian lives, the commitment and character with which we live will have a great impact, either positive or negative, on those around us. Let us strive to draw people to Christ, rather than turn them away.
How can your commitment and character help the cause of Christ?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!