Selfless Witness

Selfless Witness

“Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist” (Matt. 11:11). That’s high praise coming from Jesus. After all, “those born of women” pretty much includes everyone ever born! But why would Jesus give so high compliment to such a – let’s face it – bizarre character? The dude dressed in camel skin and ate locusts! And that was weird even in Bible times. Surely such high praise from the Son of God would warrant a little boasting, right? Wrong. In fact, it was John’s incredible humility that positioned him to be the perfect warm-up act for Jesus’ arrival. Join us for part three of Selfless, where we will learn the formula for humility from John the Baptist.

Selfless Review:

Week One: Humility is not thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.

Week Two: Selfless service is the antidote to entitlement and selfish ambition

Today: Selfless witness is the antidote to arrogance and insecurity

Three Characteristics of a Selfless Witness:

  1. A selfless witness knows that God is in control (John 3:27)
  2. A selfless witness embraces the role he/she is called to play (John 3:28-29)
  3. A selfless witness joyfully decreases so the glory of God might increase (John 3:29-30)

Daily Readings:

Day 1: John 3:22-30
Day 2: Luke 3:1-22
Day 3: Matthew 3
Day 4: Matthew 11:1-19
Day 5: Job 1 & 2
Day 6: Job 42

Suggested Resources:

Books:

Unoffendable, by Brant Hanson
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer