There are always those who believe their own publicity, who get ideas “Well above their station”, or get confused about what really is important. Cue for example a whole rash of “celebrities”, many of whom are famous for nothing other than wanting to be famous.
There are also those humble souls, who have no concept of how good they are, or how worthwhile what they do is, or how much it helps.
John the Baptist knew exactly who he was – and who he wasn’t. He understood entirely his place in the scheme of things.
15 Everyone became excited and wondered, “Could John be the Messiah?”
16 John said, “I am just baptizing with water. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to untie his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17 His threshing fork is in his hand, and he is ready to separate the wheat from the husks. He will store the wheat in his barn and burn the husks with a fire that never goes out.”
Despite the whisperings beginning among other people, John knew he was not the Messiah. He knew that his role in it all was to point to the Messiah, not try to be that himself.
How easy it is sometimes to think we can solve problems, we can save the world – and yes we can do our bit, but we are not the Messiah. Our role, like that of John, is to point people to God, to Jesus and all he can do in and through them.
may my life point people to you,
by all I do and say