Please Read Matthew 3:1-12
Who would have thought that a guy who lives in the wilderness, who ate bugs (locusts), and dressed weird, would turn out to be one of the most important figures in history? Jesus called him the greatest man born of women. (Matthew 11:11) Wow! That’s saying something. Jesus was talking about none other than John The Baptist. John preached a message of repentance from sins, and pointed people to the coming Messiah. Many flocked to him confessing their sins and were baptized. John helped turn many hearts to the Lord. He prepared the way for Jesus who came on the scene right after him.
What’s interesting about John is he never claimed to be a prophet though he was one. But he did say he was not fit to carry the shoes of the Messiah. John had a low estimate of himself. He was a humble man; a true man of God.
I remember speaking to a believer who had to temporarily live with a friend because she was going through some tough times. She said, “I sometimes feel like; how can I help somebody else when I look at my situation.” Basically she was starting to believe her circumstances rendered her usesless when it came to helping people for the kingdom of God. I couldn’t let that go so I reminded her of how Jesus had NOWHERE to lay his head (Luke 9:58), and asked her, “In spite of His circumstances how many people did Jesus help?” She lit up and said, “Many.” I then asked her, “You remember the homeless lady, you know the one you talk to every morning? Do you know what she told me? She said the first day y’all met you noticed something was wrong with her and started encouraging her. But what you didn’t know was she had decided to kill herself that day. And if not for you talking to her about God she would have done it.” The sister looked at me in amazement. She was already helping people in a big way, but just didn’t know it. Satan was trying to drown her in self-pity, just like he had done to the woman who was about to commit suicide.
What if John The Baptist had gotten swallowed up by self-pity because of his living conditions? He could have dwelled on stuff like, “I live in this crazy wilderness. I don’t have a normal life. I feel so different from other people. I’m homeless. I don’t own anything. I’m just a loser.” If John had thought that way just think of how many lives he would not have touched for the better. John was used to save souls. He would not have been the powerful force he was had he been swallowed up in feeling sorry for himself. John’s life proves that personal circumstances don’t keep us from helping people for The Kingdom Of God. All we need is a good heart that loves people, and God.
The more you focus on the needs of others the less time you have to feel sorry for yourself. Instead we are filled with an awesome joy, because we know our lives have purpose for God’s kingdom, which is also our kingdom. (Ephesians 2:6-7) I must be straightforward here: some of us are not confused like our sister was about our contribution to the kingdom of God. Some of us are just plain selfish. We are too in touch with our image, our looks, our desires, our comforts, etcetera. This is not who we were called to be in Christ Jesus. God called us to be soldiers of Christ, living for the welfare of others ahead of ourselves. (Philippians 2:3-11) If we don’t wake up and repent from selfishness we will soon miss the bus. We must be willing to serve others regardless of our circumstances, just like John.