He looked around at the faces in the crowd. He saw the tax collectors, the prostitutes, and the people of all walks of life. He also looked and saw the religious crowd.
The audience couldn't change his message.
Herod and Herodias couldn't change his message.
Prison couldn't change his message.
Death couldn't change his message.
John stands in history as the faithful forerunner of Christ. He understood that he was here for a purpose, and that purpose was to prepare the people for the One coming after him. The message could not be compromised, despite the discomfort it brought him. He knew it wasn't about him. It was about the Word.
I offer this today: It is still about the Word. We don't dress in camel's hair, eating locusts and wild honey. Our methods have shifted with the times, but may we never forget that the message CANNOT shift.
Say I place an order with a company, and that company sends the package to me via a shipping company. The shipping company has no business opening my package and changing the contents. It may take whatever means necessary to get it to me - changing its vehicles (methods) - but it better not mess with the package.
We are carriers of His Presence, entrusted with His Word and His commission to go. I pray we stand as John did, without fear of what may happen to us in delivering the message.
It's not about us. We must decrease, and He must increase.
Father, I don't want to try and change the message to keep from rocking any boats and ruffling feathers. Heaven and earth will pass away, but Your Words will never pass away. Help me to stand. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Mark 1:1-8, Luke 3:1-20, 1 Corinthians 4:1, Matthew 24:35, John 3:30