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What Are Others Saying About You?
Have you ever thought about what others are saying about you? Is your life influencing those around you? Is it for good or for evil? Are you being instrumental in drawing people closer to the Lord or pushing them further away by your lifestyle?
There is one man in the Bible that we would like to examine in this message. Let's see what the Bible says about him and then decide if we are having the same kind of impact on our generation as he did.
The Bible says much about John the Baptist.
John 5:35 says - "He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light."
The Lord Jesus likened John to a torch or lantern that remained lit or was artificially kindled by means of oil or a tallow. He was a light-bearer - a "burning" light - manifesting zeal, fervency, love to God and souls, and sincerity and a "shining" light - manifesting clearness, distinctness, and consistency in his doctrine.
John 1:7 says of him - "The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe."
He came to prepare the minds of the people to receive Christ and to lead them by repentance to God.
In Matthew 11:11, the Lord Jesus adds this about this Great Man of God - "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:..."
John was greater than any prophet from the beginning of time until his time. He was the most eminent of all Old Testament servants - including Moses.
Luke 1:15-17 says - "For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
When laying out the historical account of John, the Apostle Luke enumerated seven characteristics which distinguished him from all other men.
He called him "great in the sight of the Lord." This meant that he would be distinguished as a truly great Preacher before God.
He would be a Nazarite - reflecting a lifestyle of holiness by abstaining from everything polluting - including all kinds of intoxicating liquor.
He would be "filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb" - designating that he was divinely appointed to the office of forerunner.
He would be a great moral reformer - bringing the people to a true sense of their sin...calling them from their sins...while bringing them to a hearty confession and forsaking of them.
He would resemble Elijah in his austere manner of life and in his zeal for the truth - displaying the same integrity, fearlessness, fervor, and power accompanying his word.
He would be instrumental in reconciling all those who were at variance with each other - putting an end to all bitter quarrels between nearest relations.
Lastly, He would prepare a people for the coming of the Lord by calling them to be pure and holy.
Luke 1:76-77 says - "And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto His people by the remission of their sins."
John was a prophet appointed by the Most High God to prepare the way for His coming - to call a people to make room for Him. He would do this by preaching the Gospel of salvation by the remission of sins.
So many great people walked this earth, but how many have done as John the Baptist in such a short amount of time?
Many people have been called "great," but their "greatness" is all wrapped up in the temporal things of this world.
John was called "great in the sight of the Lord" - having the power of the Spirit with him since before birth. In other words, he achieved great stature with God.
What about you? What are others saying about you? Most importantly, what is God saying?
Like John, are you attaining greater and greater heights with your God each day, week, month, or year?
What is your evidence? Is He "bearing witness" with your achievements by demonstrating His power in and through your life?
"...to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" - This was John's passion. What is yours?
"...for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways" - Are you admonishing others to make room for the Lord in their lives? Or are you looking for more room to store your many riches and treasures that you have accumulated on this earth?
If we would ask ten of your closest friends to give one statement about your life at the present moment, what would they say?
Would their statements tell the story that you are achieving greater stature with God or gaining more ground in this world?
What exactly are others saying about you?
May God Bless His Word.