John the Baptist was given a definite divine assignment by God and he played the script with dedication and humility. Humility produces spiritual blessing hence Jesus describe him as the greatest of all.Just as every sin starts in pride, every virtue begins in humility. Humility allows us to see ourselves as we are, because it shows us before God as He is.
Humility destroys self-absorption, self-preoccupation, self-sufficiency, and self-reliance. Our desires become nothing compared to Christ who becomes everything. So, reflecting again on John’s life and witness, his hippie appearance and all his ‘shouty-ness’ I hope we might accept with due humility that like him, all WE can do is attempt to point the way; and invite others into friendship with the Lord in this busy season.
May the Lord prepare our heart for the wonder of His coming. Amen
P.S. This coming Sunday (13 December) we will reflect on John the Baptist, his life and work.
This sermon was preached by Ian Jennings at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 8 December.
The talk is based on Matthew 3.1-10.