Luke 3: What He Could Do
John the Baptist was an impressive man. He was an excellent preacher, and in Luke 3, we have a wide range of people coming to talk to him, and some of them are beginning to wonder if he is the Christ.
Luk 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luk 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
John was a humble man. He was able to keep his perspective. Even though he had people coming to him to be baptized, he reminded them that there was someone even greater who was going to do something even greater.
After all, water baptism is a great thing to do. That type of public identification with Christ is valuable, but when compared to the baptism from the Holy Spirit, it is a much different process.
John realized what he could do, and that is a vital part. He did the job that he was called to do. He was essentially had to be the first missionary for the cause of Christ. He was preaching about the Messiah who was coming soon after him. He was not called to baptize people with the Holy Spirit. That is what Jesus was able to do. John was not upset that he did not have the job of Jesus Christ, but he did his job with power and humility. It is an interesting combination.
I then think about us. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ; we are not called to be Jesus Christ. We are the messengers, and we do the work that we have been called to. We need to remember what our job is and do it well.