John 1:20-27 (NLT)
He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”
“Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
Then the Pharisees who had been sent asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”
John the Baptist was a very humble man. He clarifies that he is NOT Christ but opening up the doors for His glory. This was the very reason he was born, his very existence and his heart’s desire.
We have been given a role similar to John the Baptist. Our job is to point people to Jesus Christ. We are to set the platform and make way for His coming.
But just how do we set the path for Jesus?
By obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit, God will use His people to show the world who He is, what He is like and His characteristics. He will show us glimpses of what He wants to do so we can help Him get things ready.
In our workplaces, schools and communities, we are being John the Baptists for God.
Like John we are here to glorify the name of Jesus and prepare for His coming.