Jeffrey Stevens

Reflections from Matthew 11:11

Matthew 11:11      Amen, I say to you, among those born of women, there has been none greater than John the Baptist: yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.


I don’t know about you, but when I read this verse, I think Jesus had a strong opinion of this man. “Among those born of women, there has been none greater than John the Baptist.” I’m pretty sure everyone I’ve ever met falls under the category of being “born of women.”

John wasn’t known for being very subtle. In fact, in today’s age when the movie “Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer,” is possibly no longer going to be aired because it’s “offensive” to certain individuals, I don’t believe John would have made it very far.

John wasn’t worried about what people thought of him or his message. His concern was saving souls. Leading people to confess their sins and turn to a life of repentance. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” That’s a pretty serious statement. John wasn’t yelling this at a group of thugs or misfits. He was talking to the Pharisees and Sadducees. The religious leaders and rulers of his day. As a matter of fact, John was beheaded for speaking truth of another person’s sin.

The Baptist wasn’t afraid of opinions or earthly consequences. He was chosen by God with a specific mission. As Christians, especially Christian men, I can’t help but wonder where we have gone astray? I’ll be the first to admit, while I’ve never downplayed my faith, more than once I’ve felt the Holy Spirit burning at my heart because I was worried about what others would think if I spoke the words God was putting on my heart.

I think too many of us have accepted that the media and secular world expect Christians to shut up. We’re supposed to be nice. Somewhere along the way, the world has decided it’s a sin to hurt someone’s feelings. And we’ve kept our mouth shut and went right along with it. Now, more than anyone, Christians want change but have no idea of how it’s going to happen.

I need to make sure I’m being clear. I’m not telling anyone it’s ok to go into the world and be rude about what we believe. That would never accomplish anything. However, I do think the world is more in need of truth today than it’s ever been. I don’t think I’m saying Christians need to bring the fight. But I know we need to stop backing down.

If John the Baptist could tell people exactly what they needed to hear and be known by Jesus as the greatest among those born of women, what’s stopping us from trying to follow in his footsteps?

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