And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. ……. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
Mark 1: 4.6
John was an outstanding figure! We imagine him to be quite “terrible” before; – No hairdresser, unshaven, a fur around his shoulders … We may like honey, but we would not like locusts so much.
How would we have regarded him?
Jesus was very different from how we and the people at the time imagined the Messiah. People called him a glutton and drunkard, a friend of sinners, tax collectors (Mafia) and prostitutes. The pious turned up their noses; no, someone like this could not be the savior.
But God had created His servants. He had chosen them and called them before birth. He put His spirit upon them, so that they spoke His Word and did His work. He stood to them.
Maybe we are a little “special”. God created us and chose us. He has called us into His kingdom. He gives us His Holy Spirit. He is for us, we are His children. That’s great, but we sometimes look too much at appearance. For God our heart is important. He has created us to live with Him and through Him. He does not want that we adapt to the environment and are dependent on that opinion. He wants us unique, wonderful, set apart for him, full of strength and life. He wants through weak people to show His great power and love.
The people talked badly about John and about Jesus. The enemy brought the people up against them, and the people did not love them. I hope that other people will not only just find you to be “good”, but try to find things they don’t like about you. Then you know you’re in line with John and Jesus. If they find you always to be “good”, you are one with the world.
I hope you do not believe the words of the liar, because he wants to finish you, make you small, rob you of self-confidence and make you ungrateful and useless for God. If we choose rather to believe the words of God! – And then we stand our ground in our place, with our appearance and abilities, equipped by Jesus himself.
Please, let us not dwell on superficial things! We want to see what is important to God; – With us and other brothers and sisters. We do not want to complain about ourselves, why God created us this way and not differently. We want to live with and by the power of God.
Thank You, Jesus, You Yourself have called me! You look with love on me. To You I’m valuable. I imagine You are available with my strong and weak points. Equip me to do Your work!