READ : John 1:19-27
Jesus paid this tribute to John the Baptist: “I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:28). John was no one’s patsy. He was bold and spoke with such force that even King Herod feared him. Yet John said of himself that he was simply a “voice calling in the desert.” He renounced all self-impor tance, along with the applause people wanted to give him. He said he was not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. This man to whom Jesus paid such high tribute was humble.
There is a direct correlation between our need for man’s praise and the degree to which we are doing what God wants us to do. When, like John, we are doing what God wants us to do, then we do not need the praise of men or the elevation of self in order to be fulfilled. Doing God’s will fulfills us. If we are not doing God’s will, no amount of praise will satisfy us.
To say “I am not worthy” to another person diminishes our human spirit. But to say “I am not worthy” to Jesus heals the soul and elevates the spirit. When we humble ourselves before Jesus we find our true worth, a worth far greater than anything we can gain for ourselves or that others can give us.
Rather than seek man’s praise, humble yourself before God. Seek His will for your life, and do it. Only then will you discover your real worth.
May we not seek the praise of men, O Lord. But may we seek only to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.