John the Baptist was born with a single purpose; “to make ready a people prepared to receive the Lord” (Luke 1:17). He was chosen for service before he was conceived and was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth” (Luke 1:15). John was so obedient to his calling that Jesus said, “Among those born of women, there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:28). But John also knew his position within God’s Kingdom…he had come to serve.
“‘I baptize with water,’ John replied, ‘but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.'”
John had been given his assignment and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to accomplish his tasks. He was a servant preparing the way for the King. John was the greatest man ever born; and yet, in his humility, he felt unworthy to even untie the sandals of Christ. But he continued to serve.
True humility is not simply defined by a low self-image; it is the natural condition of our spirit when we begin to understand who we really are…and Who God really is! John felt unworthy because he had been given a glimpse of the unfathomable greatness and holiness of his Lord. As he stood in the presence of Perfection, there was only one response; “He must become greater, I must become less” (John 3:30).
When we know that Jesus is on the throne, “at God’s right hand” (1 Peter 3:22), and that He will reign for all eternity, we begin to see our life in the proper perspective. He is infinitely perfect and worthy of infinite love, worship, and service. We live and breathe purely by His grace; we are but “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
And though we are compared to a mist, we are a mist with a purpose. We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit with the necessary tools to victoriously serve. Though our offering will always be imperfect, and far less than He deserves, it will be pleasing and acceptable if we give Him our ALL, give Him our best, and give from the innermost part of our heart.
Our God is truly above ALL, and He loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son so we could be with Him for all eternity. He calls us to believe in His gift and then serve Him for all the rest of our days. Let’s continue to love Him with all our heart, give Him our absolute very best, and daily walk down the path He lays before us. Let’s serve obediently, boldly, and victoriously…but let’s also lift the Name of Jesus higher and higher and serve with humility.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Aug 18 Esther 1:1-3:15; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 21:19-20