A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
We know from the New Testament that the voice calling in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord” was fulfilled wonderfully in John the Baptist. When John began his ministry, people wanted to know who he was.
Priests and Levites who were sent to John asked him, “Who are you? What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said” (John 1:23).
John’s answer, in effect, was: “I am only a voice. It doesn’t matter who I am. All that matters is that I am speaking the Word of God. It comes straight from the prophet Isaiah. What really matters is not who I am or what I say about myself, but who Christ is, and what God says about him.” This great hymn reflects John’s humility:
May His beauty rest upon me, as I seek the lost to win;
and may they forget the channel, seeing only Him.
The world never changes. People want to know “Who are you? What do you say about yourself?” Remember, you are only a voice. What matters is not who you are. What matters is the message that you bring.
Where do you see this kind of attitude in your own life? Where are you seeing something different? Ask God for more humility in your life and witness.