How many of us today would accept the role of John the Baptist? His mission in life was to herald the coming of Jesus by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. John would say … “What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.” (Acts 13:25) John was chosen by God to make known the word of salvation has been sent.
It would take much humility and much strength to carry out such a mission. Would any of us say and follow, even today … “He must increase; I must decrease?” (John 3:30) There would be no glory for John. He would point everyone to Jesus. He was given much grace by our Heavenly Father which would also cost him his life. We know that John was put in prison because he spoke the truth to Herod when he objected to Herod taking his brother Philip’s wife Herodias in an unlawful marriage. Because of the grudge that Herodias had against John, he was beheaded. In society today, how much does political correctness play in our lives? Are we willing to speak the truth of Scripture to a society that seeks its own twisted truth?
These are tough questions for me to answer. I know I sometimes speak when I should be silent and I am silent when I should speak. I think God is calling me and us believers to follow the mission to point others to Jesus, not like John the Baptist necessarily, but with the grace given us to accomplish his will. Today, the church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist. John was born for a purpose. So are we. God bless us all.