John the Baptist faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance. More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah.
He replied with this:
“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
John 3:27-28 NIV
John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus.
There is only one Savior, Jesus Christ. You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job (and He is good at it).
Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus.
Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment.
When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.
Pride burdens you with a sense of importance that only you can fulfill.
Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. Humility sets you free to do what God has called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.
You are called to faithfully fulfill the assignment God has given you without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.
John the Baptist held tight to the attitude that defined his life:
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
John 3:30 NLT
It is all about Jesus.
Be honest with others about who you are and point people to Jesus.
Be set free to be who God has made you to be and simply endeavor to fulfill what God has called you to do.
What have you been given from heaven to do?
Are you doing it?