… as Christ himself said, John was the greatest of the sons of men.
The greatest, but also the most tragic. A prophet from before his birth, leaping in the womb to announce the coming of the incarnate God, his task was to proclaim the fulfillment of all prophecies – and thus his own obsolescence. And he did it: with unequalled courage he spread the news that he… was the least in the kingdom of heaven. His disciples, and the devil, would have preferred him… to build his sect, to defeat this upstart whom he himself had baptized, to sieze his place in history. But he did not – and so, rightly, he has his place, and he has glory in heaven.
We envy the great and talented, and sometimes we think that they themselves are beyond envy. But when they come across someone with greater gifts… they will see for the first time what it means to feel like us. Let us pray that they, like John the Baptist, may pass that test.
Is 49:1 – 4
The Lord hath called me from the womb… And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword… I have spent my strength without cause and in vain…
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made…
Acts 13: 26
… whosoever among you fear God: to you the word of this salvation is sent.
Jn 1:6 – 8
There was a man… whose name was John… He was not the light, but was to give testimony to the light.
The Rhythm of Life:
Become intimately familiar with your talents, needs, and desires… when you see a star rise on the horizon of your life, and you are filled with a burning desire to follow it, and you perceive that by following it you will use your talents and fulfill your legitimate needs – follow it. Once to begin to follow it, let nothing distract you from it.
Do we see hints of NFP direction in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians? Coolness =)