John was a great witness to the power of God’s involvement in the world. He lived in the desert, wore strange clothes, and ate bugs with honey. But as strange as he was, John worked hard at preaching his message of repentance. He was unrelenting in holding people accountable for their sins. Despite his unorthodox methods, he sparked a spiritual revival that prepared Israel for Jesus. Ever humble, even John knew that God was behind this great awakening. He never failed to insist that he was only a forerunner, a voice in the wilderness, and an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
Like John, we too should try our hardest to advance the Kingdom of Heaven even as we abandon ourselves to the providence and miraculous grace of God. The more we recognize God’s sovereignty and love, the more we will find ourselves acting like John, that is, like a true servant of a mighty and awesome God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You appointed Saint John the Baptist to be the herald of the birth and death of Christ Your Son. Grant that as he died a martyr for justice and truth, so we also may courageously bear witness to Your word. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 29 August 2017
A Christian Pilgrim