As pastor or volunteer….forget that….as a human, do you sometimes feel that you don’t measure up? I have long dealt with issues of not feeling that I’m adequate enough – that I don’t have what it takes – that somebody is better than me. And in all honesty, there are many people better than me. Big deal. I am who I am. But still we get caught measuring ourselves up against other pastors, worship leaders, or people with big names, big churches, and big blogs.
Well I ran across a verse the other day that really made me think differently about who I am in God’s eyes. In Luke, John the Baptist sends some of his peeps out to meet Christ and really see if they could get down to the root of what is happening. Could this really be THE Messiah? The ONE? No…really? So being in jail, John says, "Go figure this out. Ask him if he is who he says he is."
So they ask. And Christ…being the master of answering questions…says "The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. [so what do you think?]" Question answered.
But here is the good part…the part I want everybody to get. Jesus then goes into this description of who John the Baptist was. He was this, and he was that. He was the messenger who prepared the way for Christ. The one, the only…J. B. Burlap, bearded, and all…well camels hair, but burlap sounded better…you get the point. So this guy is somebody. He has a pretty good following. He’s being persecuted for his faith. This guy must really get special treatment from God. Nope:
"I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
Huh? Now you’ll never hear me say, "I’m better than J.B." I don’t feel that way. I screw up. I make bad decisions. I drop the ball. But what I think Christ is saying here is that I don’t need to worry about how I measure up in man’s eyes. God’s hierarchy, his way of measuring us is completely different than ours. I am somebody to Christ.