And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
A true servant of God sees his proper place and sees himself in the proper perspective. We have our appointed tasks and our work to do for God, but He is the one full of all strength and power. He is the one worthy of all praise and admiration. He is the one who does the greater work. John was a voice, but Jesus is the Word. John was preaching, but Jesus was the message. John was paving the way, but Messiah was coming to walk down that road and into the hearts of His people, if they would have Him.
And if we are going to be the servants of God, we must see our proper place and see ourselves in the proper perspective. We are serving God, not the other way around. We bring the message, but it’s not boasting about ourselves or what we can do. We proclaim salvation, but it’s nothing that we’ve earned or even deserve. We have work to do, but it’s not so we become great, but so that Christ can be known and magnified. It’s all about Jesus. It has to be, because He is always better, always more. And what He came to do is so much better than what man can do.
And while we may be faithful and obedient servants of God, the work that we can do just doesn’t compare to the work that He will do. Who we are is nothing compared to who He is. He is the holy Son of God, our great Savior and our King. His name deserves to be praised and exalted. And none is higher than Him. And we can do our little bits here, but He saves us. He’s the one who redeems and works mightily and delivers. He’s the one who does impossible things and ministers in those simple ways we need so desperately. He endured the cross. He conquered death. He rose in victory. And then He pours out His Spirit upon us.
We must be careful about the message that we send in the work we do for God. We must always recognize our place in it and what the purpose of it is. God is to be glorified in everything we do. We are pointing out the way to Jesus to the lost world around us. We are to be voices and lights and examples that proclaim God and His goodness and love and compassion. So let us minister in our place as He’s asked us to, doing what He’s created us to do, but always and only for His sake.