All that you read about John the Baptist indicates he was a powerful figure that prepared the way for Jesus. Observers would see a man who was living righteously, preaching powerfully, living for God instead of the world, and not seeking recognition for himself even when his stature was diminishing by Jesus’ arrival. Take an inventory of the Christians you know; you probably will not be able to stack even one of them up against him. Yet Jesus said John would be the least in the kingdom of heaven.
We tend to measure people by their lives; but Jesus introduced a new measurement that had nothing to do with actions. Two powerful truths determine the greatness of Christians: The first truth is God’s grace is expressed in the life and resurrection of Jesus – the gospel story. God’s impartation of His love and grace through Jesus transforms believers in John 1:12 to be children of God: “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (NIV) You are His very child whom Jesus redeemed through His blood. This is not a circumstantial fact, but a proclamation of the power of God bestowed on believers. John was a great man, but he had not experienced anything like the power of the cross or the constant indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The second truth that lifts a Christian above John the Baptist is the impartation of the Holy Spirit. In John 16:7, Jesus tells what is to come, “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (NIV) The Holy Spirit is the empowerment of the gospel. John was a great man, but he was no match for God’s life in you through His Holy Spirit. Every believer is a nuclear reactor waiting to be used by God. It is not what you think you can do or how equipped you are, but your belief in the gospel and your submission to the Holy Spirit’s work in you. Do not relegate Christ’s position in you to one of impotency, but take firm hold of the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to vibrantly live through you!
John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (NIV)
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