MINISTRY/SERVICE IS A PRIVILEGE.
John prepared the way for Christ by calling people to acknowledge their sin and their need for salvation. His baptism was a purification ceremony meant to ready the peoples’ hearts to receive their Savior.Remember there are hundreds and hundreds of things that could be told about Jesus that John is leaving out.
Remember John 21:25: “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
It is easy to get comfortable doing God’s work when it takes care of our own needs, but what about if our needs are not met?
Are you still going to serve the Lord?
Is your service to God based on conditions?
John preached about repentance, he had baptized, and he had pointed to the coming Messiah Jesus Christ and this should be a time to celebrate now that Jesus was coming to the forefront, but it meant a huge change for John’s disciples.
As John put it: “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.” John simply meant that he was fine with the change because he had done everything given him to do … thus he had succeeded, not failed.
This is how we measure success in the Kingdom … have we done what God asked of us, not how many people attend our ministry or know about us!
John saw ministry as a privilege … it is a privilege to be asked to do ANYTHING by God, and by doing it he could be pleased and satisfied.
This is the spirit of true humility … John has no problem being lower than Christ, in fact, he delights in the emergence of Christ’s ministry … this is a humble man, true humility!
No wonder Jesus said of John in Mat 11:11 “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist…”
John the Baptist humbled himself and exalted Jesus Christ and had the joy in serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
LESSONS FROM EXALTING CHRIST, DECREASING OURSELVES
I. Humility starts from understanding of who God is.
The lesson in humility for us is: humility starts from knowing who God is. The clearer our vision of His majesty and greatness and power and glory, the more we will be humbled in His presence.
II. Humility starts from understanding who we are in God’s presence.
The lesson is, we aren’t in competition with other churches or other ministries. If they’re preaching the gospel and teaching God’s Word, then we’re on the same team. We can rejoice that the Lord’s work is prospering, even if our work is not as large as the other work. Our responsibility is to be faithful with what the Lord has given us to do.