"After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
If I were to use one sentence to summarize John the Baptist's leadership style I would say this: John the Baptist was fully committed to building someone else's kingdom instead of his own. When reading Mark's account of the desert prophet, I am struck by the wild popularity of John prior to Jesus' arrival. Yet, even though he could have gained wealth, position, possession and more; John chose instead to lose everything (even his head) in order to point people to Jesus.
Mark doesn't devote a great deal of ink to the story of John, but what he does say is profound. Below are 10 reflections of mine from Mark 1:1-8.
- John the Baptist was a celebrity who could have greatly benefited from a solid self-promotion campaign. Instead, he chose to point everyone to Jesus.
- John's refusal to "build his own ministry" was counter-cultural then and now.
- Be wary of "spiritual leaders" who are masters of self-promotion.
- John the Baptist's birth was miraculous, it was preceded by an angel's visit, and he was personally the fulfillment of several OT prophecies. Yet he described himself as lowlier than a slave when compared to Jesus.
- No matter how much you've accomplished, pride is always the wrong response.
- The only thing John the Baptist could offer to people was greatly inferior to what Jesus could offer them.
- Jesus is far superior to anything or anyone else we could ever offer to people.
- Despite drawing massive crowds, John the Baptist didn't consider himself successful except when he was pointing people to Jesus.
- The size of the crowd doesn't always indicate the success of the ministry.
- The most important thing any Christian can do with their life is point people to Jesus.
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