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Reflections: Learning from John’s Humility

My in-laws were in town with us this weekend from Michigan, and it was a sweet time of soaking up their company and enjoying faith-filled conversations. My mother-in-law always makes a point to graciously give compliments about the food, activities, accommodations, etc. The way I naturally receive these comments, however, unfortunately reveals I do not have the godly humility of John “the immersing one.”

After listening to Chris’s sermon on Sunday, the “particular” of John’s ministry that hit me like a ton of bricks was in Mark 1:7, where John explains his humble position in respect to the “One” who is coming, Jesus.

I have to admit that a heart of humility is something I pray for frequently. But what if Jesus himself told everyone that I was the greatest woman ever born? Jesus actually said that exact thing about John in Luke 7:28! In the midst of this comment and having thousands of people come to hear him, John still said “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.” (John 3:27)

Anything I am, anything I have, anyone in my life… it has all been given to me from my Heavenly Father. Although I know this truth, God has been showing me areas where I don’t turn the glory toward Him and away from me.

Looking back at John’s life, it is clear that my sin in this area comes from an inaccurate view of myself in respect to Christ. My mind needs to be transformed through scriptures like Philippians 2:9-11 and Isaiah 9:6, both of which give me a glimpse of Christ’s incomprehensible glory.  My hope is to see myself more and more as someone unworthy to “stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals.”

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